U.S. sales of SUVs and crossovers, led by the Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue that both reported record January sales, broke through into the New Year with a 10% surge to 487,000 units in January 2017, equal to 43% of the overall market.
Cars, conversely, were crushed, as their volume fell 13% and their share of the market slid from 41% in January 2016 to just 36% in January 2017.
The CR-V, Rogue, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape, and Ford Explorer – America’s five top-selling utilities – combined for 22,000 additional sales in January. Comparatively, the two top-selling Hondas and Toyota cars, four of the five most popular cars in America in January, combined to lose more than 13,000 sales.
It’s a tale of two cities. And the bigger, higher-riding, more profitable city is now outselling the smaller, lower, less flexible city by a count of 1.2-to-1.
Newly launched in late December in fifth-gen form, Honda sold 29,287 CR-Vs in January 2017. One year ago, the top-selling utility vehicle in America managed only 26% fewer sales. The Rogue, refreshed for 2017, jumped 46% to 28,760 units, 527 units less than the CR-V.
America’s top-selling premium brand utility was the 30th-ranked Lexus RX, sales of which tumbled 21% as the Lexus brand reported its lowest-volume month in five years. Across the Toyota spectrum, sales fell 11% in January. Add that to an 11% drop at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and you have the reason for the market’s modest dip.
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As always, you can find historical monthly and yearly sales figures for any of these vehicles by selecting a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page.
Source: Automakers & ANDC & WSJ * Italicized, asterisked, unranked lines are nothing more than available breakdowns, already included in the model’s total, not in addition to the model’s total. ° Overall market figure is a combination of all reported sales figures. Sales data for brands such as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Lotus, Rolls-Royce etc. are unfortunately not broken down by model. estimates say sales for Aston Martin and Lotus in 2017’s first month were 87 and 15 units, respectively. Tesla, unfortunately, doesn’t release model-specific monthly U.S. sales data, but we source estimates from HybridCars.comandThe Wall Street Journal. HybridCars.com Model X estimate: up 150% to 1000. WSJ Model X estimate: up 500% to 2100.