European SUVs hit record high amid strong registration growth

The Nissan Qashqai remains atop the SUV pack, however, climbing to fifth overall from sixth previously. The Volkswagen Golf remains Europe’s best-selling car, with more than a quarter of a million examples registered so far this year.

Europe’s top 10 best-selling cars in 2018 so far 

1 – Volkswagen Golf, 257,550 registrations2 – Renault Clio, 185,2343 – Volkswagen Polo, 163,9244 – Ford Fiesta, 157,2865 – Nissan Qashqai, 134,5476 – Peugeot 208, 132,7647 – Volkswagen Tiguan, 129,2378 – Skoda Octavia, 123,7109 – Renault Captur, 121,23510 – Vauxhall/Opel Corsa, 117,981

The well-publicised decline of MPVs continued into 2018, with a 23% drop in sales compared with the first half of 2017. A total of 532,600 were registered in Europe, making 2018 one of the worst years for MPVs in a decade. 

The UK was one of Europe’s weakest nations for overall registrations. Despite being one of the largest markets, a 6.3% drop over 2017 was posted. Romania, one of the smaller markets, had the largest growth, with a 33.4% year-on-year growth. Larger markets including Sweden, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden also posted growth, while Ireland, Denmark, Norway, Italy, Switzerland and the Czech Republic were the other markets to post declines. 

Europe’s top 10 best-selling brands in 2018 so far

1 – Volkswagen, 988,507 registrations2 – Renault, 624,4433 – Ford, 573,2504 – Peugeot, 542,4335 – Opel/Vauxhall, 493,8026 – Mercedes-Benz, 460,0557 – Audi, 432,1918 – BMW, 428,1859 – Fiat, 405,51110 – Skoda, 398,650

Jato global analyst Felipe Munoz said: “Car makers continue to update and modernise their traditional models, while the range of SUVs on offer continues to grow and appeal to all kinds of budgets and needs. The diesel crisis certainly affected the speed of growth in the market, but consumers are overcoming this by turning to more attractive petrol and AFV [alternatively fuelled vehicles] solutions.”

Registrations of AFVs rose to 5.4% of the European total, making up 450,000 cars in total – a 31% increase over the same period in 2017. 

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