The sense of gloom portrayed by Europe’s progressively shrinking car market, dragged
down last year to a two-decade low, has at least lost some sting following news that one
sector more than any other has continued to ride against otherwise worsening odds.
Ask any senior autoindustry manager to name that trendbucking sector in Europe’s
otherwise woeful looking car market, and most, if not all of them, would think of
So it comes as no surprise that with few exceptions most carmakers, including Germany’s already highflying prestige carmakers, invested heavily to produce
not one, two, or even three such products.
That’s a mushrooming Crossover range of all sizes and shapes to suit the wallets and tastes of dedicated followers of
prevailing automotive fashion, wherever they may be.
As a result, Europe’s already heavily congested urban jungles are crammed increasingly with trendy
With a large proportion fitted with fashionable all-wheel-drive, these taller than average
trendy motors mainly serve as the main transport of average-sized folk for work, shopping or the daily
Late to Crossover party - Suzuki SX4 S-Cross
17 Jun 2014
May shows car sales resuming their slow but steady upward trajectory
10 Jun 2014
Hard slog underway to reach West Europe’s pre-crisis car sales levels
09 May 2014