Against expectations fuelled by many months of powerful SUV/crossover sales growth and the sector’s 4% rate of year-over-year growth in September, U.S. sales of compact SUVs/crossovers slid 3% in September 2016.
Much of the blame belongs to General Motors. With a new and already-revealed (above) Chevrolet Equinox due shortly, sales of the outgoing second-generation Chevrolet Equinox continue to dive. In September, the Equinox’s 29% drop equalled 6276 lost sales. Then sales of its twin, the GMC Terrain, also approaching the end of its tenure, tumbled 48% to only 5656 units, a 5279-unit decline to the lowest Terrain sales total since January 2012.
In addition to GM’s difficulties, Jeep ended a 35-month streak of year-over-year improvements with a brand-wide 3% drop in September. The brand’s best-selling Cherokee model tumbled 12%, the fifth decline in six months.
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Then, in the subcompact crossover segment in which the Jeep Renegade is the year-to-date leader, Renegade volume tumbled 13% to 6776 units, a seven-month low. The Chevrolet Trax ended up leading the subcompact crossover segment in September. Combined, the Trax and its Buick Encore twin have outsold the Renegade and its shockingly rare Fiat 500X partner by some 24,000 units.
In September, the Honda HR-V and Subaru Crosstrek also outsold the Renegade.
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