European sales of subcompact cars, the largest segment of the continental car market, declined by 41% in the first half of 2020 to 974,000 units.
Demand fell for almost all small cars, with the exception of the Renault Zoe. Electric car sales, on the contrary, grew by 54% and totaled almost 37,000 units. This placed the Zoe in a high 11th place overall.
The best-selling subcompact model in Europe is the Renault Clio. In the first half of 2020, the Europeans purchased almost 120,000 cars. Last year Renault introduced the fifth-generation Clio.
Sales of the Peugeot 208, the second most popular subcompact in Europe, were less than 86,000 units.
The Opel Corsa also entered the TOP 5 with 80,000 sales. The Volkswagen Polo and the Toyota Yaris were sold roughly in the same quantity – around 75,000.
Among the leading European subcompacts were the Ford Fiesta, Dacia Sandero, Citroën C3, Skoda Fabia, MINI.
Despite the pandemic and the fall of the car market, the Seat Ibiza, Audi A1, Hyundai i20, Suzuki Swift, Nissan Micra, Lancia Ypsilon, Dacia Logan, Kia Rio and an extended Fiat 500L remained in demand, and entered the TOP 20. The sales volumes of the rest did not exceed 10,000.