After a steady 2018, small car sales in Europe declined by 8% in the first quarter of 2019. Sales in the subcompact segment amounted to almost 750,000, CarSalesBase.com reports.
The Renault Clio still holds its first place, despite the fact that this year there will be a change of generations. The Volkswagen Polo is ranked the second. Once the segment leader, the Ford Fiesta comes the third today, followed by the but Opel / Vauxhall Corsa that features the 12 percent sales growth.
The Peugeot 208 lost 11%, but this is understandable: this year, buyers are waiting for its next generation. The Toyota Yaris is very stable. There are no leaps on demand, but a small steady increase is evident. The Citroën C3 has similar dynamics.
We have become accustomed to the progress of the Dacia Sandero, therefore neither the 8th place in the TOP 10, nor the 8% increase in sales cause much surprise. The Skoda Fabia and the Seat Ibiza got competitors among same-brand small SUVs.
The Hyundai i20 also loses its position and still cannot enter the TOP 10. The Nissan Micra is the biggest loser in the TOP 20 with its 36% decline.
Another thing is the Suzuki Swift. The demand for the Japanese hatch grew by 40%, and this is the best dynamics in the segment.
The TOP 20 European subcompact segment also includes the Ford Ka+, Dacia Logan, Renault Zoe, Fiat 500L, Kia Rio, Honda Jazz and the Mazda2.