The popularity of standard cars is declining. This is confirmed by sales figures, and even the most popular C-segment models are not exempt from the decline in sales. In particular, Reno's head of design, Laurens van den Acker, confirmed to the media that he was seriously considering not to be the next-generation Renault Megane at all, but to divert funds for its development to new electric vehicles.
According to him, as one new model of electric vehicles is added, one old one has to disappear. Simply, the money must be invested in a project whose future is bright.
And one of the models that could go missing is Megane. The record sales were 2004 with a total of 465,778 copies sold.
Just ten years later, in 2014, only 135,206 megans in Europe were sold. Last year, that figure was even smaller – 129,222 Megans reached customers.
The crisis of the rise of other types of vehicles compared to the hatchback C segment did not bypass the VW Golf either. For comparison, 585,356 Golfs were sold in 2004, while that figure was slightly lower in 2014 – 523,729. Over the past year, Volkswagen has delivered to customers 41 0.779 Golf specimens.
Unlike the Golf recently introduced in its eighth generation, Megane could stop at the current fourth. It has recently been redesigned and probably won't help much with electrified versions, including the one with the Plug-In Hybrid.