For the first time in the history of Europe, over half of all new vehicles sold were SUVs. According to data from Automotive News Europe, sales of SUVs grew 23 percent in the first half of the year to 3.37 million. That gives them a market share of 51 percent — up from 48 percent at the same time last year.
Demand for SUVs actually outpaced the overall market, which grew 17 percent over the same time period. Data reportedly shows that small SUVs are Europeans’ first choice, followed by compact SUVs. The number one SUV in Europe, though, was the Tesla Model Y. It reportedly accounted for 138,152 sales in the first half. That’s a 207 percent increase over last year.
Europe’s most popular vehicle segments are as follows: Small SUVs (1,133,822 first-half sales), Compact SUVs (999,568), Small Cars (913,571), Compact Cars (760,032) and rounding out the top five are Premium Midsize SUVs (421,902).
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