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AUTOMAKERS

THE LEADERS
Europe's top-selling compact SUVs
in 2019; change from 2018
	 1.	
	 2.	
	 3.	
	 4.	
	 5.	
	 6.	
	 7.	
	 8.	
	 9.	
	10.	

VW Tiguan	
Nissan Qashqai	
Peugeot 3008	
Ford Kuga	
Hyundai Tucson	
Toyota C-HR	
Kia Sportage	
Renault Kadjar	
Skoda Karoq	
Toyota RAV4	

265,580	
217,913	
194,927	
161,739	
139,822	
121,418	
110,421	
110,411	
105,345	
93,055	

4.2%
-6.5%
-4.7%
4.8%
0.1%
-9.8%
-9.3%
8.8%
29%
35%

Source: JATO Dynamics

EAST HARD TO BEAT
Top 5 countries for compact SUVs
by market share in the first
11 months of 2019
Estonia	25%
Lithuania	25%
Latvia	24%
Ireland	23%
Spain	18%
Source: JATO Dynamics

MASSIVE MARKET
Top 5 countries for compact SUV
sales in the first 11 months of 2019;
change from 2018
Germany	331,557	
+12%
UK	 321,448	+6.2%
France	245,538	 +4.3%
Italy	 215,190	-1.7%
Spain	 210,373	+5.2%
Source: JATO Dynamics

Toyota RAV4 sales rose 35% last year. The majority of the compact SUV's
sales were gasoline-electric hybrids.
the new Toyota RAV4 pushed past the
Seat Ateca and Opel/Vauxhall Grandland
X to round out the segment's top 10. Hybrid versions accounted for 89 percent of
the CH-R's sales, and 67 percent of the
RAV4's volume, according to 2019 figures from Toyota Europe.
Honda also cut diesel versions in favor of
hybrids for its new CR-V. The real impact,
however, will be felt next year when Nissan is expected to drop diesel offerings
from the Qashqai, replacing them with its
e-Power serial hybrid system.
"We have seen a significant drop in diesel, and we are adapting ourselves to
follow that trend," Nissan Europe Chairman Gianluca de Ficchy told Automotive
News Europe in a recent interview, without confirming the diesel switch.
Ford will offer two diesel variants of the
new Kuga, one with a mild-hybrid setup,
but will also launch a full-hybrid version of
its top-selling compact SUV later this year.

Plug-in push
The other key automakers in the segment, however, are bypassing full hybrids to offer plug-in hybrid technology,
which significantly cuts CO2 compared
with standard hybrids but also pushes
up the price due to the increased size of
the battery.
The Ford Kuga is among a growing
number of plug-in hybrids that are
entering the segment.

FEBRUARY 2020

PSA Group brands Peugeot, Citroen,
DS and Opel/Vauxhall have already
launched plug-in hybrid versions of their
compact SUVs, cutting average CO2 to

as low as 29g/km. Ford is also launching the Kuga with plug-in hybrid technology, and Nissan is reportedly going to
roll out a plug-in hybrid Qashqai using
technology borrowed from alliance partner Mitsubishi.
The most recent automaker to announce
a plug-in hybrid in the sector is Toyota,
which will launch a version of the RAV4
in the second half of this year with a
claimed electric range of 65 km.
VW, so far, has not announced a plug-in
hybrid version of the Tiguan but is expected to launch one in the future. The brand
already sells a plug-in hybrid version of the
long-wheelbase Tiguan in China.
LMC flagged one risk for the sector: tough
future CO2 targets could force automakers
to change strategy and shift their emphasis toward more conventional cars. Even if
they are electrified, SUVs remain heavier
and less fuel efficient than compact hatchbacks. Buyers could be nudged to return
to those cars because tougher emissions
standards may push electrified SUVs beyond their price range.
For now, however, the popularity of the
sector continues unabated. JATO global
analyst Felipe Munoz pointed out that
the only volume brand absent from the
sector in Europe is Fiat, and that's expected to change when it merges with
PSA. Said Munoz: "This is a crucial segment for the mainstream players. It is
an important source of sales volume
and profits." ANE

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