After having a look at the most successful all-new nameplates in the world in 2014, we now focus on the best-selling SUVs. This is the first segment we focus on here at BSCB, simply because booming trend that characterises it has quickly spread to the majority of worldwide markets in 2014. If the Top 5 worldwide best-sellers are unchanged vs. 2013, each nameplate’s evolution is drastically different and the rest of the ranking gets a full reshuffle with one Chinese model displaying explosive growth.
The Honda CR-V holds onto the title of world’s best-selling SUV but with its sales down 3% to 711.069, it is now under threat from not one, but two nameplates: the Toyota RAV (642.500) and Ford Kuga (634.572), both up a stunning 15% on their 2013 score. The Hyundai ix35 does not seem to feel the effects of time, up 4% this year, as does the VW Tiguan up 10%. If one model needed to be singled-out for most spectacular reversal of fortune it would be the Nissan X-Trail, its new generation becoming an instant blockbuster everywhere it launched, notably in China, earning it the 6th spot overall with sales up 68%.
Inside the Top 20, the Opel Mokka (+59%), Ford Ecosport (+34% no thanks to Europe), Mazda CX-5 (+31%), Subaru Forester (+15%), Hyundai Santa Fe (+12%) and Renault Duster (+11%) also impress. But one Chinese nameplate is making a name for itself, all the while without needing to step out of its home country: the Haval H6, China’s best-selling SUV, climbs 45% and 6 spots to reach #12 overall with over 315.000 sales all in China alone. Great Wall has declared recently it wants its Haval brand to become the #1 SUV brand in the world – it will probably get one of its models inside the worldwide Top 10 in 2016, as good as start as there is.
Full Year 2014 Top 20 best-selling SUVs in the world below.