Renault may increase the output of its Captur subcompact crossover by a third next year to cope with the rising demand for small sports utility vehicles in Europe. Rochelle Chimenes, a spokeswoman for Renault, told Automotive News Europe that they expect to build 120,000 Capturs by the end of 2013, and possibly 160,000 units next year if needed.
IHS Automotive expects annual sales of subcompact SUV/crossovers to reach 582,790 units in Europe by 2016 from 307,300 this year. According to data from market researchers JATO Dynamics, segment sales surged 38 percent to 213,804 vehicles in the first half.
The Captur was launched in April and it joined other newcomers in this segment in Europe like the Peugeot 2008, Chevrolet Trax and Opel/Vauxhall Mokka.
The Captur took advantage of increasing consumer appetite for small SUVs and crossovers, selling 60,887 units in the first 10 months of 2013, JATO figures show. It was the third best-selling model in a European small SUV segment dominated by the Nissan Juke (91,713) and the Dacia Duster (73,491). Trailing behind the Captur is the Mokka, with sales of 58,813 units.
To keep up with the demand, GM will shift some Mokka output from its Bupyeong site in South Korea, to Opel's Zaragoza site in Spain, in the second half of 2014. At fifth place is the Peugeot 2008, with deliveries of 39,663 units during the period. Renault builds the Captur at its Valladolid site in Spain. The subcompact crossover replaced the slow-selling Modus subcompact minivan.