Americans acquired nearly 37,000 minivans in October. The segment’s top seller last month was the Honda Odyssey. The Odyssey’s 10,415 sales marked a 5% improvement over last October’s Honda minivan sales performance. Combined, the identical Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan duo sees Chrysler’s share of the minivan market climb to 36.7% from the separate 17.3%/19.4% market share stats owned by the Town & Country and Grand Caravan, respectively.
The table below shows that America’s best-selling minivan this year has been the Dodge Grand Caravan, sales of which are up 12% this year. The Odyssey was America’s 26th-best-selling vehicle in October but it’s America’s third-best-selling minivan this year.
One-third of all trucks sold in America in October were Ford F-Series pickups. F-Series sales rose 7% in October 2011 and are up 8% in 2011. For context, America’s new vehicle marker has improved 10% through the first ten months of 2011.
No truck reported a worse year-over-year October drop than the Honda Ridgeline. As the second table shows, Ridgeline sales fell 30% in October. That’s not as bad as 2011’s ten-month total. Ridgeline sales are down 47% so far this year.
Conversely, apart from Suzuki’s ultra-low volume Equator, no automaker reported a greater year-over-year gain in pickup truck sales than Ford did with the…. Ranger? Despite the fact that Ford is killing off the Ranger, discounted leftover Rangers are clearly an attractive proposition for buyers who need a truck. Any truck. Even the least appealing truck on the market.