For the first time in history, in 2015 SUVs outsold the traditional subcompact and compact segments in Europe.

For the first time in history, in 2015 SUVs outsold the traditional subcompact and compact segments in Europe.

The European SUV boom is continuing as the segment is posting an increase of 24 percent at a total of 3.2 million units sold in 2015. This represents an increase in market share from 19.8 percent in 2014 to 22.5 percent in 2015, leaving the subcompact segment second with 22.0 percent share.European annual registrations

These impressive results were possible mainly thanks to the midsize SUV sub-segment, which recorded an increase of 42 percent with a total of 470,400 units. Still, the best-selling SUVs are the compact models, which totaled 1.28 million units, followed by the small SUVs with 1.2 million sales.European annual registrations

In terms of automakers, Nissan led the way with more than 376,000 units and 11.8% market share, followed by Renault with a total increase of 44 percent. Volkswagen takes third place.

Compacts and subcompacts remain strong with the B segment registrations reaching 3.12 million units, up by 5.8% over 2014’s volume. Within the compacts, the Volkswagen Golf kept its position as the best-selling car in Europe, but the overall segment lost market share as its volume only grew by 5.8 percent compared to 2014.European annual registrations

Source: JATO Dynamics

 

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