Toyota has lost the leadership of the volume midsize SUV segment after experiencing severe supply issues with the RAV4. Toyota's loss is Skoda's gain as the Kodiaq finished the first quarter as Europe's No. 1-selling midsize SUV.
The segment is one of Europe's the most diverse in terms of powertrain mix, with full-electric variants growing to take the largest share at 40 percent, according to figures from market analysts Dataforce.
However, gasoline and diesel sales also increased in the first quarter, while those of hybrid and plug-in hybrid slipped.
Segment sales grew 15 percent in the three months to 148,628, topped by the Kodiaq at 21,408.
The overall market share of the segment in Europe is relatively small at 4.6 percent, according to Dataforce. However, the segment's importance outweighs its share because volume brands often chose to launch larger, more globally relevant electric SUVs in advance of Europe-specific models.