November 29, 2022

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Tesla, Porsche power EVs to 3 segment wins in Q1; small SUVs surge

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Compact SUVs have been boosted by sturdy performances from the segment-foremost Hyundai Tucson, up 10 %, the new Kia Sportage, up 37 %, and the Cupra Formentor, which a lot more than doubled revenue to end the quarter at No. 9. The new Renault Arkana was 10th.
The VW Tiguan, which led the compact SUV phase by way of 3 months previous year, experienced a 31 p.c decrease leaving it at No. 6. The Tiguan was strike by production issue at VW’s Wolfsburg plant through the quarter.

The new Nissan Qashqai fell 32 p.c to eighth as the automaker slowly but surely ramped up deliveries of the new-era design.

Compact phase suffers

Compacts slumped to become Europe’s No. 4 phase soon after a extensive operate as the region’s third-largest class.

The over-all segment fell 18 per cent in the course of the quarter soon after gross sales of the Golf and the Ford Aim just about every dropped by one-fifth.

Demand from customers for the segment’s No. 3 model, the Skoda Octavia, fell by additional than a person-third, providing an sign of how difficult supply shortages have hit the Czech enterprise. Waiting around lists for the Octavia are more than a yr, the model has claimed.

The Skoda Kodiaq midsize SUV was considerably less influenced, with income down 7.6 p.c in the quarter, leaving it at the best of section forward of the Peugeot 5008.

The midsize SUV segment, a lot more than any other therefore significantly, is shifting to complete-electric types aided by a surge of new entrants. This is happening mainly because versions of this sizing have appeal over and above Europe. Car prospective buyers have rewarded automakers that have debuted new EVs in the section as the VW ID4, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Skoda Enyaq iV and Kia EV6 took the No. 3 through No. 6 slots, respectively, in the prime 10. The new models helped raise the over-all phase by 17 per cent.

Profits of minicars dropped 30 percent in the quarter as automaker decreased output of combustion-run styles. In addition, the presence of electrical modes in the section is growing, led by the Fiat New 500 at No. 4. The battery-run 500 was also Europe’s No. 3-offering EV for the duration of the quarter with income of 13,663 (see desk, under).