4×4 adds up to 100 for Europeans as car sales reveal that Suvs are now Europe’s best selling type of car.
SUVs have been getting more and more popular for some time, but official numbers have shown that SUV registrations totalled 3.2 million in 2015, a rise of 24% from the year before, according to automotive analysts JATO Dynamics.
Showing a growth in all 29 European countries analysed, small SUVs, such as the Renault Captur, are largely responsible for the boom in sales. Sales of the smaller SUV models contributed 38% of total SUV segment registrations in 2015, and sales exceeded the one million mark for the first time, selling an estimated 1.2 million units. Mid-size and large SUVs also saw their popularity rise; sales were up 42 per cent and 27 per cent respectively.
The surge in popularity is widespread throughout Europe, with countries including Portugal, Denmark, Croatia, Greece and Spain all reporting growth of over 40%. Figures from UK show that sales leapt from 501,200 units in 2014 to 630,400 in 2015. While SUVs are speeding up in sales, sedans and MPV (multi-purpose vehicles) had a decline in popularity, losing 1% and 2% of their market share respectively.
Whether it’s the fact that you can physically fit more people in an SUV than a mini or a hatchback, the fact that SUVs are generally considered to be safer vehicles or the fact that we live in an age where people like abbreviated words, the unequivocal fact is that SUV has become the MVP of the car world.