October 2015 U.S. sales of the still-stylish, boxy, three-row Ford slid 17% to 1409 units, the third-lowest total of the year and a follow-up to September’s 1266 sales, the lowest total ever for the Flex.
The August-October period of 2015 was the worst three-month sales period in the Flex’s seven-year history.
The Flex’s best month ever was in June 2009, when 4784 copies of the Flex were sold. 2009, the Flex’s first full year of availability, was also the Flex’s best sales year despite the market’s sharp and severe downturn. But that year, between August and October, Ford sold 8366 copies of the Flex. Over the last three months, only 3978 Flexes have been sold in America.
Meanwhile, Ford crossover buyers turn en masse to the long-favoured Explorer, America’s best-selling three-row vehicle which was recently refreshed for the 2016 model year. Explorer volume has grown by a fifth this year and jumped 26% in October, specifically. Excluding the Police Interceptor Utility from the equation, there were 13 Explorers sold in America in October for every single Flex, a strange result to fans of the Flex who believe the least popular three-row Ford is more spacious, more flexible, and more enjoyable to drive.
The Explorer wasn’t the only fast-growing three-row crossover in America last month. Sales of the all-new, third-generation Pilot jumped 63% in October 2015. The Pilot couldn’t quite catch its compatriot, the Toyota Highlander, which produced a more modest 10% uptick to 13,316 units.
Nissan Pathfinder volume was up 1%, but both the Pilot and Highlander sell more than twice as often. Nissan, of course, adds to the Pathfinder’s tally with sales of the semi-premium, two-row Murano. Toyota sells nearly 8000 4Runners per month, as well.
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