New car registration data from the ‘Big 5’ markets in Europe shows the Hyundai Tucson has led a field of SUVs to increased sales in recent times.
The data, covering Germany, UK, Italy, France and Spain shows overall sales in the five nations receded by 2% in July, although two fewer trading days in July 2016 have been blamed for the reduction.
One area where there hasn’t been a slowdown however is SUV sales.
SUV registrations in July accounted for more than a quarter of the total market (25.8%) with the increasing popularity coming at the expense of large/luxury cars, city-cars and MPV.
Overall, Volkswagen continues to be Europe’s largest brand, despite suffering the biggest market share drop of any of its competitors – 13.2% in July 2015 to 11.6% in July 2016.
“Traditionally there is a drop in demand ahead of summer, but it is clear that Europe has started to feel the effect of Volkswagen’s emissions issue.” said Felipe Munoz, Global Automotive Analyst at JATO Dynamics.