Hatchback still dominates European car market
According to data from market trend analyst cabinet, Jato Dynamics, the European car market was still dominated by hatchbacks in 2018, despite the growing number of SUVs. While it experienced a general growth (+0,1%), specialists plan a decline following the collapse of the Russian and Chinese markets.
2018 was a good year for the European car market despite the introduction of the WLTP emission standard. 15,6 million vehicles were registered, claiming the market’s highest results since 2007.
Yet, according to specialists, that pattern won’t continue due to the collapse of the Russian and Chinese market. Major EU markets have already fallen back, such as Germany (-0,2%), UK (-6,8%) or Italy (-2,9%).
VW Golf leading the market
While the SUV demand continues to grow, with volumes up by 19%, and traditional segments falling behind by 8%, hatchbacks and sedans still dominate the European market. With 445.754 registrations, the ageing Volkswagen Golf 7 – to be replaced this year – remains in first place. It is followed by the Renault Clio 4 (336.268 units) and by its smaller sister, the Polo (299.920 units).
The first SUV, the Nissan Qashqai, sits on fifth place with 233.026 registrations. Then comes the Volkswagen Tiguan on 7th place, the Renault Captur on 12th place and the Peugeot 3008 on 14th. With 204.197 units registered, it’s the fastest growing SUV in the market (+26%). Of all the 27 countries, only Finland, Ireland and Hungary see a SUV at the top of their registration numbers.
Volkswagen still on top
Despite the dieselgate scandal, Volkswagen doesn’t seem to loose any ground in Europe, counting 1.746.411 registrations in 2018 (+3%). Its most sold product, the Golf, is still at the top of the charts in Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg, Latvia and Austria. More impressive, the Skoda Octavia is also faring well in five countries, including Switzerland. In Italy, the small and cheap Fiat Panda outsells the trendy 500.