Car companies’ half-year report card

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Maserati (up 35%)

Maserati Levante SUV, July 2017

Like many premium manufacturers, Maserati has found sales success in the burgeoning SUV market. The new Levante was initially only going to be available with a diesel engine here in the UK, but Maserati has now responded to enthusiasts’ calls for petrol power with the new 430hp Levante S.

Next year we hope to see the production version of the Alfieri concept car, and eventually new versions of the ageing Granturismo and Grancabrio twins.

 

Jaguar (up 23%)

Jaguar F-Pace S

Like Maserati and, of course, Porsche, Jaguar looks set to become an SUV manufacturer that also builds sports cars. The F-Pace large crossover has already been a huge success, and the smaller E-Pace that has just been launched is expected to immediately become the brand’s top-selling model.

The new SUV models will balance out the sales struggles faced by the flagship XJ saloon, and the F-Type sports car is also reported to be falling short of showroom expectations.

 

SEAT (up 20%)

SEAT Ateca crossover SUV

In only a few short years, SEAT has gone from being the problem child of the Volkswagen family to one its star performers. Seemingly untroubled by the Dieselgate affair which continues to dog its parent company, SEAT is another brand that is thriving on the success of new SUV products.

The mid-size Ateca has been a success story, and the company hopes that the smaller Arona will be just as popular when it arrives at the end of this year. Throw in a brand new Ibiza supermini, and SEAT’s future is looking better than at any time in recent memory.

 

Lotus (up 18%)

Lotus Elise Sprint - July 2017

Despite a model line-up that is almost old enough to receive a state pension, 2017 has started well for Lotus. The most recent updates to the Elise range, along with a few more special editions, have helped keep sales ticking along. Lotus registrations are 18% up on the first six months of last year, although 2016’s full-year total was 9% down on the year before. As it has always been, life’s a rollercoaster for Lotus.

With new owners Geely taking control of the company, Lotus fans will be hoping for more good news – and more investment – over the next few years.

 

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Stuart Masson

Stuart is the Editor of The Car Expert, which he founded in 2011, and our new sister site The Van Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the car industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.

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