The Ford Kuga has long been a popular model in Europe, routinely ranking at or near the top of that region’s sales charts for some time now. In fact, the Kuga PHEV is a regular atop the plug-in hybrid sales charts in Europe, a position that it has held numerous times over the past couple of years. Now, the Ford Kuga has also ranked as one of Europe’s top 20 best selling cars in 2022 – joining the Puma in that regard – according to new data from Jato Dynamics.
The Ford Kuga finished the year as Europe’s 19th best-selling new vehicle – compared to 16th for the Puma – as The Blue Oval moved 127,266 units of the crossover last year. That represents a 19 percent year-over-year increase, helping to improve the Kuta’s position on the sales charts from 30th place in 2021. As such, it ranked behind the best-selling Peugeot 208, Dacia Sandero, Volkswagen T-Roc, Fiat 500, Volkswagen Golf, Toyota Yaris, Opel Corsa, Hyundai Tucson, Dacia Duster, Renault Clio, Citroen C3, Peugeot 2008, Tesla Model Y, Kia Sportage, Toyota Yaris Cross, Puma, Renault Captur, and Toyota Corolla.
It was a year of big shakeups on this list as well, with the VW Golf losing its spot atop the sales charts – a position that it has held since 2007 – to the 208. Jato notes that VW’s struggles with supply chain issues played a role in this drop, but so did European customers’ appetite for crossovers, many of which – including the Puma and Kuga – gained serious ground over the past year. However, Ford’s European Model e head Martin Sander recently stated that the Kuga and Puma would be the automaker’s last two gas-powered vehicles sold in that region.
Meanwhile, the overall new car market in Europe continued to decline with a grand total of 11,309,310 sales – a 4.1 percent year-over-year decrease, as well as the lowest level since 1985. “Shortages of new vehicles at dealerships, inflation, and the energy crisis, all proved to be major challenges for the already troubled market last year,” said Felipe Munoz, Global Analyst at JATO Dynamics. “The fallout of the pandemic, followed by the semi-conductor shortage throughout 2021 and 2022, was only compounded by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and subsequent energy price increases, impacting consumer confidence and spending.”
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