European sales 2021 first half – midsized MPVs

The midsized MPV segment is all but dead. In the first half of 2021, fewer than 92,000 midsized MPVs were sold in Europe, a decrease of 26% in an overall market up by that same figure. And compared to the first six months of 2019, minivan sales are slipping three times as fast as the market, losing almost two thirds in a market down 22%. Their share of the European car market is down to just 1.4%, from 2.4% in the first half of 2020 and from 3.3% in the first half of 2019. Only two nameplates manage to sell more than in the same period of last year, with all others losing by double digits.

And in this segment too the luxury brands continue to outperform the segment, as the three models from two brands are down just 11% and as a result grow their share of the class from 34.9% in the first half of 2020 to 41.8% now. Still, the Volkswagen Touran manages to stay firmly on top of the ranking and even consolidates its leadership as it’s the third-best performing model of the class at -16%. The Touran adds more than 2.5 percentage points of market share to 21.4%. The Mercedes-Benz B-Class loses a quarter of its sales on last year but holds on to second place, as the Renault Scenic is down by 29%. Best performer of the segment is the BMW i3 electric vehicle, up an impressive 42% to jump into fourth place, well ahead of stablemates BMW 2-Series Active and Gran Tourer, down 22%. The Citroën C4 Spacetourer is down 25% but was outsold in Q2 by the Dacia Lodgy which is closing in on the #6 spot. The Lodgy is up 7% on the first half of 2020, despite nearing the end of its life cycle, as the Romanian budget brand will launch a third generation of the Logan MCW as a 7-seater station wagon. The Toyota Prius+ is down by more than half to just over 2,600 sales for the half, the slowest seller of the 8 remaining models in the class.

Midsized MPV segment 2021-H1 2020-H1 Change 2021 share 2020 share
1 Volkswagen Touran 19.031 22.620 -16% 20,7% 18,3%
2 Mercedes-Benz B-Class 15.674 20.970 -25% 17,1% 16,9%
3 Renault (Grand) Scenic 12.537 17.610 -29% 13,6% 14,2%
4 BMW i3 12.004 8.471 42% 13,1% 6,8%
5 BMW 2-series Active/Gran Tourer 10.728 13.811 -22% 11,7% 11,2%
6 Citroën C4 Spacetourer 9.732 13.005 -25% 10,6% 10,5%
7 Dacia Lodgy 9.116 8.550 7% 9,9% 6,9%
8 Toyota Prius+ 2.643 5.416 -51% 2,9% 4,4%
9 Volkswagen Sportsvan 371 13.277 -97% 0,4% 10,7%
10 Ford (Grand) C-Max 11 92 -88% 0,0% 0,1%
Segment total 91.847 123.822 -26%

Car sales statistics are from the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.

Sources: Manufacturers, ANDC, JATO Dynamics.