The Fiat 500L led European B-MPV market again during September 2013. Last month Fiat sold 5.400 units of its small MPV with excellent results in Italy (where the Trekking and Living versions contributed to the success). This Fiat was 1.500 units ahead of the second most popular MPV, the Meriva, which had a great month. YTD numbers indicate that it is the most popular small MPV in Europe, with Italy counting for a big part of the success. The monthly trend shows that the strong dependence on Italian market is making the 500L to be more like the Panda/Punto than the 500, in terms of sales distribution. The balanced sales of the 500 in Europe isn’t the case of its bigger brother. In 2012, 29% of 500 sales took place in Italy, 23% in the UK, 13% in Germany, and 11% in France. In Jan-Sep 2013, Italy counted for 62% of 500L sales (64% of Panda sales in 2012). In September, the 500L was the third best-selling car in Italy and the top-seller in the diesel ranking. But it sales didn’t shine that much in France and Spain, its second and fourth largest markets. France was surpassed by Germany, while Spain was a bit ahead of Austria and Sweden, where the 500L had record months.
The Meriva had a good month thanks to the results in Germany. This could be explained by the arrival of the restyling and the fact that the old ones could have been sold with big rebates. The C3 Picasso remained at third position even if the results in France were not really good (they were only 450 units ahead of Italian sales). This Citroën isn’t popular in the other markets. The B-Max, the most international among European options, fell once again and occupied the 4th place due to poor results in Germany (it was outsold by the Meriva). The ix20 leads the market if the 3 majors (Italy, France and Germany) are not included.
Source: Carsitaly.net, Good Car Bad Car, Automotive Austria, SDA Czech Republic, Bilimporter Denmark, Best Selling Cars Blog, KFZ Germany, SEAA Greece, Motorstats Ireland, UNRAE Italy, Rai Netherlands, Carmarket Poland, Car Sales Statistics Romania, ADS Slovenia,ANIACAM Spain, BIL Sweden, Auto-Suisse Switzerland