America’s minivan market grew 12.9% to 554,827 units in 2012. This growth was slightly less than that which was achieved by the overall new vehicle market’s 13.4% improvement, but nonetheless impressive for a vehicle category that’s taken its fair share of criticism, even historical signs of demise.
December results weren’t so favourable. Five of the eight minivans available for sale posted declines, some of which were serious. Sales of the Honda Odyssey, America’s second-best-selling minivan in 2012, suffered a 21% year-over-year decline in December. Sales of the Nissan Quest were 50% stronger in 2012 than in 2011, but Quest sales plunged 32% in December. And December sales of the Toyota Sienna (up 3% in 2012) fell 6%.
In the end, Chrysler owned 45.6% of the minivan market in the United States in 2012. That was up from 41.7% in 2011. For the Dodge Grand Caravan, America’s best-selling minivan, 2012 was the best year since 2007, when 176,150 Grand Caravans were sold.
As always, you can find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these models by selecting a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats home or just clicking their name in the tables below. The biggest change from last month’s edition of this post is that the table visible below is now sortable. Click any heading to see minivans listed by December volume, or year-over-year change, or whatever you like. Click the heading again to flip the order, and click the headings at the far left to return to the original order.