Depending on your point of view, the new BMW X2 is either a handsome, sporty crossover, or another letdown from the once-mighty Bavarian carmaker, which has in the past decade taken to slapping the “coupe” moniker on slightly sleeker, but still 4-door versions of its mainstream models in an effort to attract style-conscious buyers. Personally, [Read more…]
After discussing the US auto brand sales ranking for June, let’s zoom in on the models ranking.
Top 10 highlights
- With the new Ram Pickup finally on sale, the model is starting to see positive growth, though its gradual introduction means it still lags behind the older Ford F-Series, and the about-to-be-replaced Chevrolet Silverado, which has the most impressive YTD growth of the three at over 10%
The recently-revealed Chevy Blazer has been provoking a lot of internet chatter. For starters, its positioning as a competitor to the stylish, 5-seat SUVs like Nissan Murano and Ford Edge, rather than as a rough-and-ready “proper SUV” like its namesake from the 1980s, has a lot of people wondering whether Chevy would not have been better [Read more…]
Segment bounces back from 2017 decline, Nissan NV200 and Chevrolet City Express lead the recovery
Sales in the US Small Commercial Van segment rose by 0.6% to 16,765 in the first quarter of 2018, a recovery from the 8.7% decline in 2017. With no new models coming to market anytime soon, the fortunes of this segment will depend, more than ever, on the ups and downs of the US economy.
Despite minor growth model fortunes diverge widely, with geriatric Chevrolet Express leading the way
Sales in the US Large Van segment rose by 0.8% to 87,226 in the first quarter of 2018, a slight improvement over the 1.4% sales decline in 2017. However, it should be noted that the segment is shrinking from a very high base – 2016 was the best year on record, with a little over 460,000 cars sold, and thus a little correction is probably [Read more…]
Segment continues shrinking, with only the evergreen Challenger and the new Porsches registering sales growth
Sales in the US Mid-sized Sports segment fell by 11.0% to 51,950 in the first quarter of 2018, continuing the trend that began with the 13.9% sales decline in 2017. With no updates coming for the American big three muscle (Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger) in 2018, the segment is unlikely to recover in 2018. [Read more…]
Chevy Corvette once again drags segment into the red, as sales of the Porsche 911 rise, while those of the McLaren 720S soarSales in the US Large Sports and Exotics segment fell by 8.8% to 10,275 in the first quarter of 2018, continuing on from the 7.0% sales decline in 2017. Once you exclude Chevrolet Corvette, which accounts for more than half the sales in the segment, the outlook is less bleak – sales of the remaining models rose by 6.4%. With outside [Read more…]
Sales in the US Premium Full-size SUV segment fell by 1.6% to 30,794 in the first quarter of 2018, a slight slow-down relative to the 2.5% growth the segment recorded in 2017. With the new Lincoln Navigator and Infiniti QX80 still ramping up sales, and the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class set to go on sale in the coming months the segment may [Read more…]
Sales in the US Small Sports segment collapsed by 40.2% to 8,724 in the first quarter of 2018, by far the largest decline from among all segments. What’s more, this follows the 36.9% sales decline the segment experienced in 2017 – could it be the advent of trendy crossovers is pulling all the money away from this segment? It will be interesting [Read more…]