Volkswagen could replace its minivans by new SUVs
The Touran, Sharan and Golf Sportsvan are in danger
Volkswagen is aware that SUVs are on the rise and already offers seven SUVs in its line-up. But the German manufacturer also has three MPVs in its line-up and even if their sales are respectable, at least one of them could disappear like the Beetle, the Scirocco, the Phaeton and the Eos. The question now is which vehicles are being targeted.
It will all come down to sales figures. Among the Touran, the Sharan and the Golf Sportsvan, it is the Touran that is doing very well with 69,814 units sold in Europe over the first 11 months of 2019 according to JATO Dynamics. The Golf Sportsvan sold at 40,215 units, which represents a drop of 26% compared to last year. The Sharan came last with 20,854 units sold, which is an increase of 1.7%.
The situation is quite different if we look at the brand's star SUVs, namely the T-Roc and Tiguan. Over the same period, the Tiguan sold 245,056 units, which represents an increase of 2.2%. With 193,963 units sold, the T-Roc recorded a spectacular increase of 46%! If the Golf Sportsvan didn't exist, these figures would certainly be even higher.
The range of Volkswagen SUVs has now grown considerably. In Europe, there are now seven SUVs: the T-Cross, the T-Roc, the T-Roc R, the T-Roc Cabriolet, the Tiguan, the Tiguan Allspace and the Touareg. The manufacturer's share of SUVs sold in Europe and the United States increased by 37 and 42 percent respectively. Today, given the current state of things, the Golf Sportsvan is likely to disappear from the Volkswagen range, followed by the Sharan.