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Are we witness to the slow death of the cabriolet in Europe?
Germany’s SUV-Crossover demand, regardless of financial crisis, continues to climb to higher and higher levels

Published :Thu, 17 July 2014 17:07:20 GMT
 

Volkswagen EOS Cabriolet Germany 2014

Europe’s cabriolet sector may have risen fast during the pre-crisis days in the early to mid-2000s, but today such open-top cars are no longer such a ‘hot’ sector as other fashion motors have speedily moved into the territory. 

None more so than SUV-Crossovers, which have emerged progressively as the region’s most fashionable ‘must-have’ transport to an extent not seen in regional car sales history for decades. 

AID reports on why open-top is no longer in fashion with growing numbers of Europe’s motoring fashionistas.

It is not so very along ago that cabriolets still ranked high in the ‘like-to-own’ list of Germany’s new car buyers.

3.3%
Germany’s half-year cabriolet share


The appeal of wind in the hair open-top motoring was such in fact that the North-European market Germany ranked comfortably as Europe’s cabriolet capital. 

That was closely followed by the UK, which clearly shares the distinctly non-Mediterranean climate of Germany.

Glancing at recent German car sales figures supports the view that of late the once booming cabriolet sector is no longer as hot as it once was
...more 


> Is this the first hurrah for Opel’s determined comeback?  10 Jul 2014


> Europe sees 10th good car sales gain in a row – June up 3.8%  09 Jul 2014


> May shows car sales resuming their slow but steady upward trajectory  10 Jun 2014


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