No automobile brand in America sells more SUVs than one of two automobile brands which exclusively sells SUVs and crossovers: Jeep.
In a category that’s grown 15% in the first 11 months, Jeep volume is up 23%, boosted not only by the addition of the Renegade but by massive increases in Jeep’s established models. Cherokee sales, for example, are up 22%, and the Wrangler has recorded a 16% year-over-year increase.
Meanwhile, Ford, the top-ranked seller of SUVs and crossovers in America in 2014, isn’t growing its utility vehicle volume nearly as quickly as most other automakers. To blame, during a year in which Ford has recorded big gains with the Edge and Explorer, are the Escape’s 1% downturn, the Expedition’s 7% decline, and the Flex’s 19% plunge.
Chevrolet accounts for 54% of the SUVs and crossovers sold by General Motors’ four brands. No manufacturer, not even Jeep’s FCA parent company, sells more utility vehicles in America than General Motors, where total SUV/CUV sales are up 13% to 1,013,455 units in 2015’s first 11 months.
GM’s Cadillac brand is America’s sixth-ranked premium brand overall but in terms of SUVs and crossovers, Cadillac ranks fourth. Sales of Cadillac utility vehicles – the SRX, Escalade, and Escalade ESV – are up 23% in 2015. Cadillac outsells Audi, the fifth-ranked premium brand seller of utilities, by a wide 17,598-unit margin. (Audi has already sold 44,923 more cars in 2015 than Cadillac.)
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America’s top-selling premium brand SUV/CUV is the Lexus RX, and along with 88,711 RX sales in 2015’s first 11 months, Lexus has also sold 38,630 copies of the NX, 22,094 GX460s, and 2992 LX570s.
Lexus’s 152,427 utility vehicle sales in 2015, a 30% year-over-year increase, make Lexus the top-selling premium seller of utility vehicles in America. Indeed, Lexus has widened its lead over the next-best-selling Mercedes-Benz brand in 2015 to 30,992 units through 11 months, up from 12,440 in the same period in 2014.
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