Minivan Sales In America – 2006 Year End


America’s auto industry slid 3% in 2006, equal to a loss of more than 400,000 sales. Minivan volume, however, was down more significantly. The 11% decline, one that was motivated by all but a handful of products, equalled 122,130 fewer U.S. minivan sales than in 2003.

The Dodge Caravan continued to be the segment’s top seller, but its lead over the second-ranked van was greatly reduced from 46,012 units in 2004 (when the Chrysler Town & Country ranked second) to 33,221 units in 2005, when the Honda Odyssey ranked second.

Complete U.S. Minivan Market Sales Figures – 2005 Year End
Complete U.S. Minivan Market Sales Figures – 2007 Year End

The Chrysler duo owned 37.5% of the minivan market despite their declines, up from 36.7% in 2005. This increased market share came even as Hyundai introduced a Sedona relative, the Entourage, and Kia brought the smaller mini-MPV, a Rondo, to market.

Overall, the domestics share of the 2005 minivan market rang in 52.3%, down from 59.4% in 2004 as Ford Motor Company minivan volume slid 36% to 54,592 units and GM minivan sales fell 44.6%.

Minivans accounted for 6.0% of the overall U.S. new vehicle market in 2006, down from 6.5% in 2005. Complete 2005 sales figures for every minivan sold in the U.S. are below.

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Minivan
2006
2005

Change
Buick Terraza
11,948
20,288
-41.1%
Chevrolet Astro *
386
19,215
-98.0%
Chevrolet Uplander
58,699
72,980
-19.6%
Chevrolet Venture
196
7,029
-97.2%
Chrysler Town & Country
159,105
180,759
-12.0%
Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan
211,140
226,771
-6.9%
Ford Freestar
50,125
77,585
-35.4%
GMC Safari *
56
3,436
-98.4%
Honda Odyssey
177,919
174,275
2.1%
Hyundai Entourage
12,206
Kia Rondo
594
Kia Sedona
57,018
52,837
7.9%
Mazda 5
17,109
4,761
259%
Mazda MPV
11,600
17,634
-34.2%
Mercury Monterey
4,467
8,166
-45.3%
Nissan Quest
31,905
40,357
-20.9%
Oldsmobile Silhouette
10
139
-92.8%
Pontiac Montana
388
3,732
-89.6%
Pontiac Montana SV6
13,100
23,439
-44.1%
Saturn Relay
7,171
15,758
-54.5%
Toyota Sienna
163,269
161,380
1.2%
Total
988,411
1,110,541 -11.0%

Source: Automakers & ANDC
* clearly partly commercial-oriented