For the first time, more than half of all new cars sold in Europe were SUVs, new data shows.
All SUV segments experienced growth, according to figures from market researcher Dataforce, with small SUVs again topping the list as Europe's favorite body type ahead of compact SUVs.
Sales of SUVs grew 23 percent in the first half at 3.37 million, giving them a market share of 51 percent, up from 48 percent the same period last year, according to Dataforce.
Demand for the body type outpaced the overall market, which grew 17 percent over the same period.
Europe's No. 1 SUV was Tesla Model Y, which accounted for 138,152 sales in the first half, making it the region's overall leader during the half.
The Volkswagen T-Roc was the No. 2-selling SUV, and also the leader of the small SUV category ahead of the Toyota Yaris Cross (see table, below).