Sure, some of them are: General Motors sold 6607 Chevrolet Tahoes in January 2015, an 88% YOY increase. Then again, what is a sport utility vehicle? Is a Chevrolet Tahoe sporty? Really?
One thing we know: the Chevrolet Traverse is not the same as the Chevrolet Tahoe. And while consumers who want a Chevrolet Tahoe may care, we’re not sure consumers who want a Chevrolet Traverse care at all. Truck-based, body-on-frame SUVs are increasingly rare. Meanwhile, the vehicles identified by consumers as SUVs, or crossovers, or CUVs, or small-j jeeps, are wildly more popular right now than they were just one year ago.
Take, for example, the first group of utility vehicles shown below. Collectively, their U.S. volume jumped 21% in January 2015. The Ford Explorer, a nameplate that was dying off in body-on-frame form, is now a car-like unibody. Explorer volume in 2014 reached a nine-year high. And yes, 2015 is off to an even better start. Explorer sales jumped 33% in January 2015 to 17,036, quadruple the level the Explorer achieved in the January of five years ago.
You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly U.S. auto sales data. You can also select a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page. These tables are now sortable, so you can rank midsize SUVs and crossovers any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.