In the first half of 2021 the passenger van segment in Europe is up 7% to 173,800 sales, in an overall market up 26%. Small passenger vans account for 50.7% of these with sales down 4% and midsized passenger vans for the remaining 49.3% as this subsegment grows its sales by 21% so far this year.

The Volkswagen Transporter T6 and its luxury derivative Multivan stay ahead of the midsized passenger van segment with sales up 37%, improving their share of the class by almost 4 percentage points to 32.1%. The combination of the Mercedes-Benz V-Class and Vito Tourer are up 12%, losing two percentage points of share to 24.3%. This includes the EQV electric version. The Stellantis-Toyota quadruplets also became available in EV versions and improve to third place with sales up 41% for a share of 22.2%. The latest addition Opel/Vauxhall Zafira Life is the best seller of the four, ahead of the Toyota Proace Verso, the , and the Peugeot Traveller/Expert Citroën Spacetourer/Jumpy. A Fiat version is also planned to replace the Renault-based Talento. The current Talento and its original Renault Trafic and the third clone Nissan NV300 are down 22% to 6.7% share as they lost the Opel Vivaro version. As a result, the Ford Tourneo Custom outsold the Trafic and co. and is in 2nd place when comparing nameplates separately, with 14.5% share, thanks to sales up 16%. The Hyundai H1 is being replaced by the futuristic looking Staria this year. We also welcome the SAIC Maxus Euniq, an all-electric passenger van, for now only sold in the Scandinavian markets.

2021 first half – midsized passenger van sales Europe

Midsized passenger van segment 2021-H1 2020-H1 Change 2021 share 2020 share
1 Volkswagen Transporter / Multivan 27.511 20.089 37% 32,1% 28,4%
2 Ford Tourneo Custom 12.431 10.691 16% 14,5% 15,1%
3 Mercedes-Benz V-Class 11.197 10.842 3% 13,1% 15,3%
4 Mercedes-Benz Vito Tourer 9.643 7.776 24% 11,2% 11,0%
5 Opel/Vauxhall Zafira Life 5.570 4.154 34% 6,5% 5,9%
6 Toyota Proace Verso 4.791 3.825 25% 5,6% 5,4%
7 Citroën Spacetourer 4.414 2.252 96% 5,1% 3,2%
8 Peugeot Traveller 4.266 3.301 29% 5,0% 4,7%
9 Renault Trafic Passenger 3.948 5.659 -30% 4,6% 8,0%
10 Opel/Vauxhall Vivaro Tour 1.101 489 125% 1,3% 0,7%
11 Fiat Talento 389 793 -51% 0,5% 1,1%
12 Nissan NV300 287 441 -35% 0,3% 0,6%
13 Maxus Euniq 196 0 New 0,2% 0,0%
14 Hyundai H1 / Starex 24 352 -93% 0,0% 0,5%
Segment total 85.768 70.664 21%

Small Passenger Van segment

Sales of small passenger vans are up 21% as the entire top-5 is still pretty fresh at less than 3 years old. The Volkswagen Caddy Life is back on top after briefly losing the class lead in Q1 to the Citroën Berlingo Multispace. Still, when looking at the comparison to the first six months of 2020, the Caddy is down 12% while the Berlingo is up 22%. And when combining all four nameplates of the PSA-Toyota vans, they absolutely dominate the class with a 59.3% share and sales up 25%. That leaves the Caddy in a distant second place with 21.7% share. The Peugeot Rifter is in third place, followed by the Opel/Vauxhall Combo Tour and the Toyota Proace City Verso, the latest addition to the foursome. A Fiat version is planned as well to replace the aging Doblo which is now one of the slowest sellers in the class. The Dacia Dokker is down 60% on last year as it’s being replaced by the Renault Express as a budget alternative to the upcoming all-new Renault Kangoo. Sales of the Ford Tourneo Connect are up 14% to outsell the trio of the outgoing Kangoo, Mercedes-Benz Citan and Nissan NV250, of which the latter is the absolute slowseller at just 33 sales so far this year. Its sibling Nissan NV200 is down 9% and also one of the slow sellers of the segment.

2021 first half – small passenger van sales Europe

Small passenger van segment 2021-H1 2020-H1 Change 2021 share 2020 share
1 Volkswagen Caddy Life 19.082 21.749 -12% 21,7% 23,8%
2 Citroën Berlingo Multispace 18.970 15.587 22% 21,5% 17,1%
3 Peugeot Rifter 16.177 17.807 -9% 18,4% 19,5%
4 Opel/Vauxhall Combo Tour 9.810 6.656 47% 11,1% 7,3%
5 Toyota Proace City Verso 7.225 1.583 356% 8,2% 1,7%
6 Dacia Dokker 5.788 14.383 -60% 6,6% 15,7%
7 Ford Tourneo Connect 4.859 4.252 14% 5,5% 4,7%
8 Renault Kangoo 2.853 3.723 -23% 3,2% 4,1%
9 Ford Tourneo Courier 1.955 2.785 -30% 2,2% 3,0%
10 Nissan NV200 Evalia 802 885 -9% 0,9% 1,0%
11 Mercedes-Benz Citan Combi 271 1.151 -76% 0,3% 1,3%
12 Fiat Doblo 228 613 -63% 0,3% 0,7%
13 Nissan NV250 33 0 New 0,0% 0,0%
14 Fiat Qubo 11 147 -93% 0,0% 0,2%
Segment total 88.064 91.321 -4%

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.