Caravanners are in the lead with e-transition vehicles
Mazda CX-5 is still the most popular tow car model, Volvo is the most popular make for tow cars
More than 5% of Dutch caravan owners drive an electric tow car. This puts them far ahead of the average Dutch vehicles, which is at 2.8%. This is evident from the annual ACSI Tow car survey among almost five thousand caravan owners. The survey also reveals that Volvo is the most popular make of tow car, replacing Mazda. The Mazda CX-5 is still the most popular model of tow car.
This puts the Mazda CX-5 at the top of the list for the fifth year in a row. At least 8.4% of all tow cars in the Netherlands is a CX-5. The Volkswagen Tiguan (4.66%) and the Ford Kuga (4.42%) complete the top three. The Mazda has had to cede first place as the most popular make for a tow car. Due in part to popular models such as the XC60 and the XC40, Volvo heads the list as of this year.
Leading position of Mazda CX-5 not in jeopardy
There are no signs that Mazda’s leading position is in jeopardy. With a 9.91% share on the market, the CX-5 is also at the head of the list of most sold new cars among caravan owners. The Hyundai Tucson follows in second place with 8.11%. What is striking here is the emergence of the Kia Sportage. With a 7.21% share, this model rose to third place.
The ACSI tow car survey also revealed that caravan owners drive relatively new cars. Just over half of all cars are no older than five years and 87% are no older than ten years. In this respect as well, caravan owners are ahead of the average in the Netherlands. The average age of all passenger cars is 11.4 years. Caravan owners often purchase a new car (40%). And should they choose to purchase a second-hand model, it is usually a relatively young model, averaging 3.8 years old.
Less diesel, more electric car
There is no stopping the rise of the electric car and caravan owners are leading the way. The market share of caravan owners with an electric car rose from 0.15% in 2021 to 5.24% in 2022. The percentage of diesel engines decreased, going from 28.3% to 19.23%. A significant decrease, but still far above the national average of 11%. The petrol engine is also losing ground, although 68.15% of the caravan towing vehicles still run on petrol.