24 Jun, 2024

SUVs surge to new milestone helped by EVs

The SUV is now the dominant body type across Europe. Figures for 2023 reveal that combined volumes for models such as the Tesla Model Y and the Volkswagen T-Roc accounted for more than half of all sales in the region for the first time.

SUVs outpaced the market, with sales rising 19 percent last year to 6.63 million to take a 51 percent share of a European vehicle market that rose 14 percent overall, figures from market researcher Dataforce show.

The Model Y premium midsize SUV was Europe’s No. 1-seller overall.

Small, compact cars fall

SUVs have eclipsed Europe’s traditional hatchback and wagon body styles.

The small SUV segment was Europe’s largest last year with nearly 2.2 million sales followed by compact SUVs at more than 1.9 million, according to the Dataforce figures.

The biggest growth among SUVs last year came from the premium segment.

Sales of premium midsize SUVs increased 31 percent to 843,939, which made it Europe’s fifth-largest segment. The biggest contributors were the Model Y, which grew 85 percent to 254,822, and the Mercedes-Benz GLC’s 32 percent sales gain to 91,259.

Also seeing strong growth in the sixth spot was the premium compact SUV segment, which rose

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