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SUVs are the Best-Selling Cars in Europe for the First Time


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SUVs are the Best-Selling Cars in Europe for the First Time

It is now official that 4x4s are getting more and more popular. In fact the best-selling vehicles across Europe are now SUVs, according to figures from automotive analysts JATO Dynamics.

Originally descendants of military vehicles, SUVs went into mass production in the United States, Canada, India and Australia in the 1990s and early-2000s. U.S. automakers could expect profit margins of $10,000 per SUV, whereas they would lose a few hundred dollars on a compact car unless the buyer chose options.

And there has been another huge surge of popularity in Europe, it seems. With 22 per cent of the overall market share, this type of vehicle, in terms of the number of sales, out-performed both hatchbacks and superminis in 2015.

The demand for and production of more compact SUVs, such as the Nissan Juke, are credited for boosting the SUV segment. It claims a 38 per cent increase on registrations against 2014, taking it up to 1.2 million.

Even mid and large size SUVs experienced growth with a rise of 42 per cent and 27 per cent respectively.

Portugal and the UK represented the nations with the largest leaps. In Portugal, there were 50 per cent more registrations in 2015 than 2014. In the UK there was a 24 per cent jump.

The best sellers were the Renault Captur in the small SUV category and the Nissan Qashqai (pictured), Volvo XC60 and BMW X5 featuring in the compact, mid-size and large SUV sections.

Sectors to suffer the largest losses in Europe were MPVs and large saloons coming in at under 1 per cent and 0.67 per cent market share.

At Sell Your Jamjar we have bought thousands of SUVs and with an already very busy start to 2016.

 

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