America’s auto industry slid 3% in 2006, equal to a loss of more than 400,000 sales. Minivan volume, however, was down more significantly. The 11% decline, one that was motivated by all but a handful of products, equalled 122,130 fewer U.S. minivan sales than in 2003.
The Dodge Caravan continued to be the segment’s top seller, but its lead over the second-ranked van was greatly reduced from 46,012 units in 2004 (when the Chrysler Town & Country ranked second) to 33,221 units in 2005, when the Honda Odyssey ranked second.
The Chrysler duo owned 37.5% of the minivan market despite their declines, up from 36.7% in 2005. This increased market share came even as Hyundai introduced a Sedona relative, the Entourage, and Kia brought the smaller mini-MPV, a Rondo, to market.
Overall, the domestics share of the 2005 minivan market rang in 52.3%, down from 59.4% in 2004 as Ford Motor Company minivan volume slid 36% to 54,592 units and GM minivan sales fell 44.6%.
Minivans accounted for 6.0% of the overall U.S. new vehicle market in 2006, down from 6.5% in 2005. Complete 2005 sales figures for every minivan sold in the U.S. are below.
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