Hyundai, Kia, Renault good points enhance compact SUV phase – Automotive Information Europe

By | August 15, 2022

The Hyundai Tucson was Europe’s No. 1-selling compact SUV after 5 months.
Sturdy gross sales of newcomer fashions such because the Cupra Formentor and Renault Arkana helped make quantity compact SUVs Europe’s second-largest phase, regardless of a collapse in registrations for the phase’s former chief, the Volkswagen Tiguan.
Compact SUVs trailed solely small SUVs (784,307 to 678,281) after the primary 5 months as quantity for the previous dipped simply 3.7 p.c throughout the interval in an total market that fell 13 p.c, in accordance with figures from Dataforce.
The relative stability amid a interval of market turmoil meant that compact SUVs overtook small vehicles, historically Europe’s hottest phase, after they suffered a a lot steeper decline of 21 p.c throughout the interval.
Hyundai Motor Group owned the highest row of the phase with the Hyundai Tucson at No. 1 with 62,896 gross sales and the brand new Kia Sportage taking second with 54,620 (see desk, beneath).
The VW Tiguan, the phase’s longtime entrance runner, slumped to eighth place after gross sales fell 41 p.c. Father or mother VW Group has been prioritizing premium fashions and electrical vehicles amid provide chain shortages, however the sharp decline in demand for the Tiguan puzzled trade watchers.
“The Tiguan is at the moment displaying one of many worst performances in VW’s portfolio, so it can’t be defined simply by the provision problems with the model,” Benjamin Kibies, senior automotive analyst at Dataforce, mentioned. “As a compact SUV, it ought to usually have the next margin and thus precedence over the Golf or the model’s smaller SUVs.”
The Tiguan wasn’t the one historically standard mannequin to undergo within the phase. Gross sales of Peugeot 3008 have been down 19 p.c, dropping it to No. 3 from No. 2 in contrast with the identical interval final 12 months.
Different fashions fell out of the highest 10, such because the Opel/Vauxhall Grandland, which dropped seven slots to No. 17 due to a 56 p.c lower in gross sales, and the Skoda Karoq, which slipped to No. 11 from eighth place throughout the first 5 months of 2021 (see desk, beneath).
The Seat Ateca was down 35 p.c and the Citroen C5 Aircross misplaced 45 p.c however the fashions saved their No. 13 and No. 15 rating, respectively.
Becoming a member of the highest 10 at No. 9 total was the Formentor from VW Group subsidiary Cupra, which elevated gross sales of the compact SUV 96 p.c to 36,708. In the meantime Renault’s new coupe-styled Arkana entered the rating at No. 10 with gross sales of 32,770.
The manufacturers that recorded gross sales good points throughout the interval did so with assist from electrified fashions. The plug-in hybrid model of the No. 4-ranked Ford Kuga was Europe’s best-selling mannequin with the powertrain by Could, beating the plug-in hybrid model of the Peugeot 3008 in second.
Plug-in hybrids accounted for nearly half of all Jeep Compass gross sales.
In the meantime, Mitsubishi is making a comeback in a restricted variety of European markets with gross sales of the plug-in hybrid Eclipse Cross, which was the No. 4-selling mannequin with the powertrain within the phase (see desk beneath).
Additionally constructing market share within the phase with plug-in hybrids have been Chinese language manufacturers MG with the HS and Lynk & CO with the 01. General, plug-in hybrid gross sales rose 48 p.c to 116,969 within the 5 month interval, narrowly beating diesels for the primary time and taking a 17 p.c share, in accordance with Dataforce.
Hybrids additionally did effectively, with gross sales up 29 p.c to 140,821 to take a 21 p.c share.
Conventional hybrid chief Toyota took the primary two locations with the C-HR and the RAV4. The Hyundai Tucson was third.
The very best positioned hybrid newcomer was the Arkana in fourth with gross sales of 18,170, giving the drivetrain 55 p.c of the fashions whole gross sales for the interval.
Ford’s hybrid by-product additionally made an impression on Kuga gross sales, accounting for 20 p.c of the full for the mannequin within the interval and overtaking its diesel providing.
The VW Tiguan, the phase’s longtime chief, slipped to No. 8 after a 41% drop in demand.
Nissan is hoping its new e-Energy hybrid system, due quickly within the Qashqai, will even enhance gross sales of a mannequin that has historically been an enormous vendor within the phase. Nissan expects the e-Energy drivetrain to account for 40 p.c of the Qashqai’s gross sales regardless of the upper value of the answer in contrast with fashions which have gentle hybrid expertise.
Full-electric gross sales accounted for simply 0.8 p.c of the phase whole, partly as a result of automakers have to this point concentrated their electrical efforts on the extra globally interesting midsize SUV phase with fashions such because the VW ID4.
The electrical chief within the phase over the interval was the newly launched MG Marvel R, with gross sales of two,515.
The low quantity is partly due to blurred segmentation. The necessity to focus extra on aerodynamics has led to the event of electrical compact fashions that borrow among the visible design cues from SUVs however occupy the hatchback phase. An excellent instance is the brand new Citroen e-C4 and Renault Megane E-Tech, each of which experience barely decrease than SUVs.
Whether or not that development continues will decide the way forward for compact SUVs. If it does, then 2022 might mark the height of gross sales for the phase.
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