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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.
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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.