A two-year slump in the demand for premium large SUVs in Europe is expected to end in 2019 as BMW and Audi launch new flagships and Mercedes-Benz replaces key models.
Sales in the segment fell 8.8 percent last year to 246,573 units, according to data from market researcher JATO Dynamics. Only two models, the Land Rover Discovery and Range Rover, posted growth among SUVs in the sector's top 10.
The segment continued to be led by the BMW X5, followed by the Audi Q7 and the Volvo XC90. Land Rover was the top-selling automaker in the segment with a combined volume of 57,125 units, led by three models in the top 10: the Range Rover Sport, Range Rover and Land Rover Discovery. BMW was second overall with a combined 45,437 sales of its X5 and X6. Mercedes was a close third with 45,269 sales of its multiple model families, according to JATO figures.