Showing posts with label US Midsize SUV Sales. Show all posts
Showing posts with label US Midsize SUV Sales. Show all posts

Midsize SUV Sales In America - March 2015 YTD

If U.S. Ford Explorer volume continues to increase at the 27% clip it achieved through the first three months of 2015, the best-selling three-row vehicle in America could will sell more than 260,000 copies by year's end. 

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

Explorer sales in 2014 climbed to a nine-year high. Ford hasn't sold more than 260,000 Explorers in a single calendar year since 2004, when nearly 340,000 left Ford showrooms. 

Midsize SUV Sales In America - February 2015 YTD

42,505 Ford Explorers, Honda Pilots, and Toyota Highlanders were sold in February 2015. They were the three top-selling three-row vehicles in America. 

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

USA midsize SUV sales chart February 2015
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General Motors trio of vast three-row crossovers – Acadia, Enclave, Traverse - combined for another Explorer-besting 20,386 sales. 

That's 62,891 sales across six nameplates, 63% more than the minivan segment's total February volume, and we haven't even yet included a number of other moderately high-volume three-row contenders.

Nissan sold 11% more Pathfinders this February than last; 7066 in total. 

Midsize SUV Sales In America - January 2015

2013 Chevrolet Traverse red
Americans are buying a lot of SUVs. Well, they're not really SUVs, are they?

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - January 2015
• U.S. SUV/Crossover Sales Rankings By Model - January 2015

USA midsize SUV sales chart January 2015
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Sure, some of them are: General Motors sold 6607 Chevrolet Tahoes in January 2015, an 88% YOY increase. Then again, what is a sport utility vehicle? Is a Chevrolet Tahoe sporty? Really?

One thing we know: the Chevrolet Traverse is not the same as the Chevrolet Tahoe. And while consumers who want a Chevrolet Tahoe may care, we're not sure consumers who want a Chevrolet Traverse care at all. Truck-based, body-on-frame SUVs are increasingly rare. Meanwhile, the vehicles identified by consumers as SUVs, or crossovers, or CUVs, or small-j jeeps, are wildly more popular right now than they were just one year ago.

Midsize SUV Sales In America - December 2014 & 2014 Year End

2013 Ford Explorer Sport
Remember 2006? That was the last time Ford's Explorer was America's best-selling SUV. 179,226 Explorers were sold that year.

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - December & 2014 Year End
• U.S. SUV/Crossover Sales Rankings By Model - 2014 Year End

USA midsize suv sales chart 2014
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In 2014, the Explorer was America's fifth-best-selling utility vehicle even though Explorer sales were 17% higher last year than they were in 2006. Smaller utility vehicles - the Honda CR-V, Ford's own Escape, the Toyota RAV4, and Chevrolet's Equinox - have long since taken over as America's top sellers.

Yet the Explorer, now entering the fifth model year of this fifth-generation, is increasingly popular. Police Interceptor excluded, Explorer sales jumped 6% in 2014, a gain of more than 11,000 units. No three-row vehicle sells more often in America than the Explorer, though the Chrysler/Dodge minivan duo combines for more sales. 

Midsize SUV Sales In America - November 2014 YTD

2014 Toyota Highlander cargo area
Much of the strength in the U.S. utility vehicle market stems from growth in the number of available luxury nameplates and the expansion of the small two-row crossover segment. 

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - November 2014 YTD
U.S. SUV/Crossover Sales Rankings By Model - November 2014 YTD

USA midsize SUV sales chart November 2014
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In the former group, we have new products like Lexus NX, Lincoln MKC, Audi A3, and Mercedes-Benz GLA. In the latter, the Honda CR-V ended November as America's best-selling non-pickup truck. 

That's not to say this larger, often-two-row type of vehicle is struggling, but it's not the source of excitement among SUV sellers that the smaller segment is. 

Then again, the Ford Explorer continues its march upwards. No three-row vehicle – no minivan, no crossover, no SUV - sells as often in the United States as the Explorer. Sales of the venerable Ford nameplate are up 9% this year and shot up 15% in November. 

Midsize SUV Sales In America - October 2014 YTD

An October 2014 boom in U.S. sales of the Chevrolet Traverse, Nissan Murano, Toyota 4Runner, and Toyota Highlander was counteracted to some degree by declines from the Dodge Durango, Ford Explorer, GMC Acadia, Honda Pilot, and Nissan Pathfinder. 

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - October 2014 YTD
• U.S. SUV Sales Rankings By Model - October 2014 YTD

USA October 2014 midsize SUV sales chart
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The story of the Pilot's steady decline has been long-running as Honda's biggest utility vehicle reaches old age in reliable, steady, but outdated form. 2014 was the second-generation Pilot's sixth model year. 

Sales have decreades, year-over-year in each of the last twelve months. In 2014, Pilot volume has decreased by more than 21,000 units through ten months while sales of the CR-V, Honda's smaller SUV that they've refreshed for MY2015, have increased by nearly 19,000 units.

The Pilot's continued success is a testament to its enduring reputation as a spacious, durable, 8-seater. 88,150 have been sold in 2014, a figure greater than the total achieved by any of the GM Lambda-platform crossovers (which have collectively sold more than 200,000 copies), the Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, and Nissan's much fresher Pathfinder.

Three-row vehicles were led in October 2014 by the traditional leader, Ford's Explorer. Sales jumped 8% in October; 9% year-to-date.

Midsize SUV Sales In America - September 2014 YTD

2014 GMC Acadia white
As General Motors sales in the United States rose 19% to more than 220,000 units in September 2014, gains were produced across the automaker's lineup. 

U.S. SUV/Crossover Sales Rankings By Model - September 2014 YTD
• U.S. SUV Sales Rankings By Model - September 2014 YTD

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Cars, including a 10% improvement at Chevrolet, rose 6%. Cadillac Escalade volume doubled. The Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra combined to outsell the Ford F-Series for the second consecutive month. 

And full-size crossovers – Acadia, Enclave, Traverse - rose 31% to 18,926 units, relatively equally divided amongst the trio: 25% for the Enclave, 34% for the Acadia, 41% for the Traverse. 

They no longer feel like the most refined or freshest three-row family vehicles on the market, but they continue to be popular. Ford, the maker of America's top-selling three-row vehicle, sold 17,505 Explorers and Flexes last month. Toyota Highlander volume jumped 22% to 10,542 units. 

Midsize SUV Sales In America - August 2014 YTD

2013 Ford Flex red

On four occasions this year, including in the month of August 2014, Ford sold more than 19,000 Explorers. Ford didn't top the 19K barrier once in 2013, when Explorer sales rose to an eight-year high. 

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - August 2014 YTD
• U.S. SUV/Crossover Sales Rankings By Model - August 2014 YTD

USA midsize SUV sales chart August 2014
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No other vehicle that comes standard with three rows of seating has topped the 15K mark yet this year. Explorer sales jumped 24% in August, equal to 3754 extra sales compared with August 2013. Toyota 4Runner sales jumped 67%, an extra 3078 sales for Toyota as Highlander volume slid by 1532 units.

The Highlander's 12% decline was not an unusual one for volume brand three-row crossovers in August. 

Buick Enclave sales slid 5%, Dodge Durango sales slid 8%, Ford Flex volume was down 26%, and Honda Pilot sales plunged 27%. The Mazda CX-9, Nissan Pathfinder? Also down. 

Midsize SUV Sales In America - July 2014 YTD

2013 mazda cx9
Sales of SUVs and crossovers surged forward in July 2014 in large part because of extra attention paid to some of the perennial top sellers.

USA midsize SUV sales chart July 2014
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Among smaller SUVs and crossovers, we saw a best-ever month for the Toyota RAV4, a 19% jump in sales of the Ford Escape, a 37% boost in Chevrolet Equinox volume, and a 5% uptick in sales of America's favourite utility vehicle, the Honda CR-V.

When it comes to these bigger utility vehicles, U.S. sales didn't expand with the same force in July 2014, but some very popular players produced some very significant increases. 

The Ford Explorer, America's best-selling three-row vehicle, was up 35% to 19,006 units, 2209 of which came from the Police Interceptor Utility. Chevrolet's Traverse was up 25% in July. Its partner vehicles from GMC and Buick also produced meaningful increases. 

U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings - July 2014 YTD
All Makes & Models Ranked By July 2014 YTD U.S. Sales
• All SUVs & Crossovers Ranked By July 2014 YTD U.S. Sales

Meanwhile, Toyota is turning the 4Runner back into a relatively high-volume vehicle. Well, not completely. Toyota sold an average of 107,609 4Runners on an annual basis between 2003 and 2006. That average fell below 40,000 units between 2008 and 2010. 4Runner volume then crested the 50K barrier again last year, and Toyota USA is on pace for more than 70,000 4Runner sales in 2014. 

Midsize SUV Sales In America - June 2014 YTD

2014 Ford Explorer interior
In June 2014 the Ford Explorer was yet again America's best-selling three-row vehicle, surging 5735 sales ahead of the Toyota Highlander by month's end. 

U.S. Auto Sales Brand Rankings - June 2014 YTD
All Makes & Models Ranked By June 2014 YTD U.S. Sales
• All 88 SUVs & Crossovers Ranked By June 2014 YTD U.S. Sales

USA midsize SUV sales chart June 2014
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Year-over-year, Explorer volume fell 3% over the course of 2014's first third, but sales shot up 26% in  May and then 4% in June. Ford generated 9.5% of the Explorer's June sales with the Police Interceptor Utility, a product which has sold 75% more often than the Taurus Police Interceptor over the last six months.

The Highlander is joined in Toyota showrooms by the surging Toyota 4Runner. Ford showrooms will soon be fortified by a new Edge - Ford hasn't shown an all-new Edge since the first-generation model went on sale at the end of 2006. 

The Edge is a surprisingly popular vehicle given that two-row Ford customers have a lower-priced option in the form of America's second-best-selling utility, the Escape, and a roomier (and not much more costly) option in the form of the Explorer. Ford has made room for the Edge in that gap, and though less common now in the lead-up to the second-gen's arrival, the Edge is undoubtedly a common sight. 

Midsize SUV Sales In America - May 2014 YTD

2014 Toyota 4Runner red
GM Lambda-platform crossovers generated 20,979 U.S. sales in May 2014, a 6% year-over-year decline that was incurred not by the Chevrolet Traverse but by the Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia. 

You've heard about GM's self-inflicted recall woes? Overall GM sales were up 13%, somewhat surprisingly, to 284,694 units in May. In other words, many GM nameplates escaped by more than just the skin of their teeth... for now. The Lambda crossovers didn't.

All 258 Autos Ranked By May 2014 & YTD U.S. Sales
All 88 SUVs Ranked By May 2014 & YTD U.S. Sales

USA May 2014 midsize SUV sales chart
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Ford, meanwhile, reported its best Explorer sales month since 2005. The Explorer Police Interceptor, sales of which are included in the model's overall total below, accounted for 10.1% of the nameplate's May 2014 tally, having risen to the highest level yet. 

Ford sold 2277 Explorer Police Interceptor Utilities last month; 974 Taurus Police Interceptors.

Sales of the Explorer's two-row Jeep rival, the Grand Cherokee, rose to the highest May level since 2000. Combined, the Grand Cherokee and its Dodge Durango sibling outsold the Explorer by 1516 units. (Ford Motor Company also sold 2829 copies of the related Flex and 503 Lincoln MKTs.)

Midsize SUV Sales In America - April 2014 YTD

1963 Jeep Wagoneer
Ford utility vehicle sales are down 2% in 2014 as the Escape loses a bit of market share and as the aging Edge nears replacement. And as sales of the best-selling three-row vehicle in America, the Explorer, decline.

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April 2014 was an improved month for the Explorer - sales jumped 20%. (Police Interceptor Explorers were up 50% to 1850 units; civilian Explorer volume was up 17% to 16,629.) But year-to-date sales of the non-police Explorer are down 6%. The days of Ford selling more than 400,000 Explorers on an annual basis are over. 

But even if Ford's 6% decline continues, there will likely be around 180,000 Explorers sold in America this year. That figure is clearly lower than what Ford managed last year, but it's higher than the Explorer's total in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, or 2012.

U.S. Vehicle Sales Rankings By Model - April 2014 YTD
U.S. SUV/Crossover Sales Rankings By Model - April 2014 YTD

The Explorer is being challenged on many fronts. Toyota Highlander sales are up 23% this year, an increase of nearly 9000 units. (Civilian Explorer volume is down by 3856 units through four months.) Dodge Durango growth has slowed dramatically since Ron Burgundy commercials began airing, but Durango sales are up 15%, or 2865 units. 

Midsize SUV Sales In America - March 2014 YTD

2013 Ford Explorer Sport white
As smaller siblings like the Mazda CX-5 and Nissan Rogue steal the limelight, sales of vehicles like the Mazda CX-9 and Nissan Pathfinder are declining. In terms of year-over-year improvement, these bigger utility vehicles fared better in March 2014 than they did in February 2014, which was better than January 2014.

But growth is slow; much slower than the rate of growth achieved by the segment in which the CX-5 and Rogue compete

Ford Explorer sales were down 10% in Q1 of 2014, although Explorer volume did increase during the month of March. Chevrolet Traverse sales are down 15% this year; down 14% in March. Its siblings from Buick and GMC have also tumbled in 2014. The Honda Pilot is down 22% this year, not unexpectedly given its age. 

There are exceptions. The Dodge Durango continues to sell more often in 2014 than in 2013, although the rate of growth has slowed dramatically since the Ron Burgundy commercials aired. The aging Ford Flex and Ford Edge are up this year, as is the off-road-capable Toyota 4Runner and the brand new Toyota Highlander.

Midsize SUV Sales In America - February 2014 YTD

2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee off road red
Toyota Highlander sales continued to increase in February 2014. Jeep's Grand Cherokee recorded especially strong year-over-year growth. The Ford Explorer suffered its second consecutive major decline; its fourth straight year-over-year drop.

The Explorer continues to be America's favourite three-row vehicle, nevertheless. The Ford had a 230-unit gap beyond the JGC's total even when the Explorer's Police Interceptor versions are excluded.

USA midsize SUV sales chart February 2014
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The Grand Cherokee, despite the lack of a third row option, seems to be unaffected by the introduction of the smaller, less costly Cherokee. The addition of a diesel engine option won't hurt the bigger Cherokee, either.

Honda's Pilot is not far from a revamping, and with a newer Pathfinder and newer Highlander on offer, it's not surprising to see the Pilot struggling to match last year's sales pace. Pilot sales reached a seven-year high in 2013.

Midsize SUV Sales In America - January 2014

During a month in which the segment-leading Ford Explorer suffered a 16% year-over-year U.S. sales decline and midsize utility vehicles collectively slid 6%, the Toyota Highlander's 21% jump translated to the biggest volume jump. 1845 more Highlanders were sold in January 2014 than in January 2013.

USA midsize suv sales chart January 2014
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The trend is in the Highlander's favour, and perhaps we shouldn't be surprised. At the end of this second-generation Highlander's reign, Toyota's clear-out is prone to producing significant year-over-year improvements. But this is nothing new: U.S. Highlander sales have increased in each of the last four years and in 11 of the last 13 months. 

More important for Toyota in the coming months won't be what happened over the last four years but what will happen when the much improved, roomier, more aggressively-designed 2014 Highlander arrives at dealers in large numbers. says fewer than half of the 9600 Highlanders currently in stock are of the new 2014 variety.

Midsize SUV Sales In America - December 2013 And 2013 Year End

2013 Nissan Pathfinder
USA midsize SUv sales chart 2013
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December's poor results aside, 2013 was a good time to be selling SUVs and crossovers in the United States. 

Up a notch or three in size and/or price from the outright best sellers - CR-V, Escape, Equinox, RAV4 - the Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse, Dodge Durango, GMC Acadia, Honda Pilot, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Mazda CX-9, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota 4Runner, and Toyota Highlander all sold in greater numbers in 2013 than in 2012. 

The Pathfinder's doubling of sales was most noteworthy. The Dodge Durango's 43% improvement produced the most misleading stories

14,086 of the Explorer's 192,397 sales were Police Interceptor-derived. (Civilian Explorer sales jumped 13% to 173,811, a little less than what Jeep managed with the Grand Cherokee.) 

On the flip side, the aging Ford Flex slid 8%, Nissan Murano volume suffered with the three-row Pathfinder going all car-like in the same showroom, and Volkswagen Touareg sales plunged 22%. Porsche's Cayenne sold more than twice per Touareg. The Audi Q7 was almost twice as common a purchase/lease. 

Midsize SUV Sales In America - November 2013 YTD

2013 GMc Acadia white
USA midsize SUV sales chart November 2013
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For the first time in three years, U.S. sales of the Ford Explorer fell, year-over-year. Police Interceptor Utility sales jumped 117% to 1048 in November, sales of civilian Explorers fell 9% to 13,220.

The Explorer was still one of America's top-selling SUVs in November 2013, but it didn't sell as often as the Jeep Grand Cherokee (which trails the Explorer range by 9350 units year-to-date) or smaller utility vehicles like the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Chevrolet Equinox, or Ford's own Escape.

On the other hand, GM's Lambda sales were much improved in November 2013. Spread across three nameplates - Enclave, Traverse, Acadia - the Lambda trio combined for 19,142 November sales, up 14,145, up 35% YOY.

Combined, the Honda Pilot, Nissan Pathfinder, and Toyota Highlander collected 26,495 U.S. buyers last month, a 2% drop.

Midsize SUV Sales Figures In America - October 2013 YTD

2013 Ford Flex
Ford Sells Lots Of Explorers, Not So Many Flexes
America's favourite three-row utility vehicle in October 2013 was the Ford Explorer. Indeed, the Explorer is America's favourite three-row vehicle, full stop. 

No minivan sells anywhere near as often as the Explorer. 2013's best-selling minivan, the Honda Odyssey, likely won't top 130,000 units in 2013. 

Ford has already sold 161,222 Explorers, 149,431 of which were civilian vehicles. 

Ford Police Interceptor Utility sales are up 144% to 11,791 this year.

USA midsize SUV sales chart October 2013
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Through 2013's first ten months, General Motors has sold 207,108 Lambda platform crossovers - Acadia, Enclave, Traverse - far outweighing what Ford has managed with the Explorer alone, in terms of volume. 

Sales of SUVs and crossovers at Ford and Lincoln are up 10.5% to 603,332 through ten months of 2013. GM SUV/CUV sales, further pushed forward by the addition of the Buick Encore, are up 15.8% to 779,019 through the end of October. Even without the Encore, GM utility vehicle sales are up 11.9%.

Japanese automakers own 22% of the midsize category, as it's defined in the first table below. Detroit manufacturers still attract the majority of buyers who are looking for bigger mainstream brand SUVs and crossovers. 

Indeed, among the biggest SUVs, GM owns nearly three quarters of the market.

Midsize SUV Sales Figures In America - September 2013 YTD

2004 Dodge Durango river
The Dodge Durango Was America's 29th-Best-Selling
Vehicle In 2004. It Ranks 74th This Year.
For the eleventh consecutive month, U.S. sales of the Dodge Durango were better in September 2013 than they were in the equivalent month one year earlier.

Chrysler doesn't sell Dodge Durangos like they used to. In 2004, Dodge sold 137,148 Durangos. Afterward, Durango volume fell in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 before rising to nearly 52,000 units in 2011 and falling again in 2012.

Dodge has already sold more Durangos in the first nine months of 2013 than in all of 2012 and is on pace for 66,000 Durango sales this year, more than in any year since 2006. 

The Durango's two-row partner from Jeep, the Grand Cherokee, is America's sixth-best-selling SUV and sells nearly three times more often than the Durango. 

Midsize SUV Sales Figures In America - August 2013 YTD

2014 Volkswagen Touareg grey
Jeep sold more Grand Cherokees in America in August 2013 than in any August since 2003. The Grand Cherokee was America's fifth-best-selling SUV in August, up from seventh spot a year earlier. 

Ford's Explorer was 2339 units back of the JGC in August. Exclude the Police Interceptor Utility sales, and the Explorer was nearly 4000 sales back of the Jeep.

USA midsize SUV crossover sales chart August 2013
GM Lambda platform sales totalled 23,016 units in August, up 15% year-over-year. Honda, Mazda, Nissan, and Toyota sold 38,918 Pilots, CX-9s, Pathfinders, and Highlanders last month, up 45% compared with August 2012, when the Murano generated much more impact than the old Pathfinder.

For the sixth consecutive months, U.S. sales of the Volkswagen Touareg declined on a year-over-year basis. August 2013's 32% drop was the worst yet.