European demand for electric vehicles (EV) continued to grow steadily in the first half of this year. Strong support for this was the increase of 10,000 cars secured recently started selling Hyundai Ioniq. But overall, the segment grew by 27,000 copies, or 56 percent, and reached 73,162 sold electric vehicles in the period from January to June.
Despite a powerful start-up company sales, Ioniq failed to break the top three, completing the first half with an index of 306 units sold, just behind the BMW i3. A European bestseller for the first half of electric vehicles was revised Renault Zoe which is followed by the Nissan Leaf, in accordance with the data of market researchers JATO Dynamics.
While the segment of electric vehicles was the fastest growing sector in the first half, the market share of rechargeable vehicles (EV) remains quite low, at 0.9 percent, with some growth from 0.6 per cent in the same period last year.
Second, the fastest growing segment of Europe, is a compact SUVs and crossovers, which jumped 37 percent to 989,421 sales for the first six months. This segment received a boost thanks to the new Peugeot 3008, which added more than 81,000 sales for this half year, and have become so No. 3 in the segment.
The success confirmed the decision of Peugeot to make the second generation of the crossover 3008. If 3008 remained a minivan, he’d be stuck in the segment, which in the first half of the year declined by 5.7 percent to 300,252 machines. The compact SUV segment-s (crossovers and SUVs) has received significant impetus through the emergence of a new Volkswagen Tiguan, which has added to its sales has 55,036 machines, reaching 128,033 sales for the first half.
The Audi Q2 crossover, also newcomer in the segment, helped to boost sales in the sector of premium compact SUVs/crossovers. Sales Q2 totaled 42,398 cars in the segment, which grew by 24 percent, reaching 237,542 machines.
Q2, and its counterpart Q1, scored 84,195 sales, significantly more than 51,353 sales for the same period last year. Internal competition between two Audi models helped BMW X1 crossover, whose became the top sales of the compact premium SUV (in the first half). Sales of the X1 rose by 29 percent and reached the level of 61,101 machines.
And judging by predstavlennym at the upcoming Frankfurt motor show, models, concepts and series vehicles, the growing compact SUV/crossovers on the market, will only increase.
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