U.S. SUV And Crossover Sales By Brand - September 2015 YTD

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As consumer appetites turn very slowly away from traditional passenger cars, the U.S. auto industry is prepared for a strong fourth-quarter that could make 2015 the best year ever for new vehicle sales in America.

Strong pickup truck sales help. Sales of essentially ten nameplates have risen 10.5% to nearly 1.9 million units through the first three quarters of 2015. But while pickup trucks account for 14.3% of the 13 million new vehicles sold in the first nine months of 2015, SUVs and crossovers account for approximately 36% of the industry's volume in 2015, up from 33% of the 12.44 million vehicles sold in the first nine months of 2014.

USA SUV/crossover market share chart 2015 Q1-Q3
Which brands are generating the greatest amount of SUV/crossover attention? Jeep sits atop the leaderboard with 68,473 more SUV/CUV sales than any other brand. Jeep, of course, does not sell anything but utility vehicles.

The top five SUV/crossover brands – Jeep, Ford, Chevrolet, Toyota, Honda – generate 52% of all U.S. SUV/crossover volume. Only one brand's utility vehicles are generating less sales activity this year than last. That brand, Mini, markets two crossovers which are among the least SUV-like of all utility vehicles. Acura and BMW have narrowly managed to produce gains.


U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - September 2015 YTD
U.S. SUV/Crossover Sales Rankings By Model - September 2015 YTD


The biggest year-over-year percentage improvements come from Audi, Volvo, Lincoln, Lexus, Porsche, and Land Rover, six premium brands which have greatly expanded or revitalized their utility vehicle lineups in the very recent past. 

At Audi, the Q3 was added late last year. At Volvo, a new XC90 was finally brought to market this year. Lincoln added the MKC last year and introduced a second-gen MKX this year. Lexus added the very popular NX. Porsche's Macan debuted last year. Land Rover switched out the LR2 for the Discovery Sport this year.

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SUV/Crossover Brand
September
2015 YTD
September
2014 YTD
%
Change
Jeep632,910516,38722.6%
Ford
564,437
526,092
7.3%
Chevrolet
450,554
408,724
10.2%
Toyota
426,862
386,392
10.5%
Honda
387,704
321,262
20.7%
Nissan
362,377
304,479
19.0%
Subaru *
304,725
270,193
12.8%
GMC
209,768
195,929
7.1%
Hyundai
129,476
115,866
11.7%
Dodge
125,501
118,697
5.7%
Kia
124,769
109,221
14.2%
Lexus
121,993
94,979
28.4%
Mazda
98,211
92,260
6.5%
Mercedes-Benz
97,234
81,250
19.7%
Buick
96,070
82,354
16.7%
Acura
81,961
81,472
0.6%
BMW
81,139
79,988
1.4%
Cadillac
75,842
63,060
20.3%
Audi
60,719
44,554
36.3%
Land Rover
48,403
38,424
26.0%
Infiniti
45,978
37,673
22.0%
Lincoln
45,573
34,759
31.1%
Mitsubishi
40,923
33,134
23.5%
Volkswagen
27,535
24,320
13.2%
Volvo
23,475
17,431
34.7%
Porsche
22,548
17,589
28.2%
Mini
13,376
18,623
-28.2%
Fiat
3,456
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Total *
4,703,519
4,115,11214.3%
* Subaru SUV/crossover figures in the majority of GCBC posts, including our complete SUV/crossover rankings, do not include the Outback and XV Crosstrek. The total for the brand and thus the overall total for the sector in this post do include the Outback and XV Crosstrek.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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