Though the RAV4 and CR-V both dramatically improved their first-quarter totals in 2016, a successful follow-up to their record-setting 2015 performances, neither grew as fast as the overall SUV/crossover sector.
The fourth-ranked Jeep Cherokee’s 50% gain and the eighth-ranked Ford Edge’s 146% year-over-year increase were the most noteworthy improvements among top sellers. Among SUVs in the top 20, the Hyundai Tucson, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Murano, Toyota Highlander, and Ford Explorer also posted above-average gains.
Clearly the SUV/crossover sector has also been helped by the addition of all-new, niche-filling nameplates which weren’t on sale at this time a year ago. The Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, Jeep Renegade, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Volvo XC90, and Fiat 500X added 6640 sales to the ledger, or 4% of sales.
A number of premium nameplates are expanding their market share, as well. The Mercedes-Benz GLE, the M-Class’s successor, is the top-selling luxury utility so far in 2016 thanks to a 47% year-over-year increase. Key rivals from BMW and Audi, the X5 and new Q7, are also growing far faster than the overall SUV/crossover sector’s rate of expansion.
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Source: Automakers & Global Automakers Of Canada & ANDC * Italicized unranked lines are nothing more than available breakdowns, already included in the model’s total, not in addition to the model’s total. ³ Total Santa Fe sales: up 4.4% to 3329 in March; up 2.1% to 6938 ¤ Automakers release sales figures for the M-Class and GLE together and the GLK and GLC together. º Land Cruiser is a commercial vehicle in Canada.