Archives for November 2015

Poll results

Over the past few months we’ve asked for your opinion, dear readers, in many Polls peppered throughout articles. However, as is often the case with our internet life, we’re inclined to click and forget, so I figured we’d bring back some of these results for you to see what other Left-Lane readers think.… Continue Reading …

US sales 2015 Q1-Q3 Premium Limousine segment

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The Premium Limousine segment continued shrinking in the third quarter of 2015, with only two cars having registered positive sales growth since the beginning of the year: the BMW 7-series and Kia’s K900.

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US sales 2015 Q1-Q3 Premium Large segment

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The Premium Large segment continued shrinking in the third quarter of 2015 on the back of sales falling for most models. In fact, only three cars have registered positive growth over the first three quarters compared to the same time period in 2014.… Continue Reading …

US sales 2015 Q1-Q3 Premium Mid-sized segment

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The Premium Mid-sized segment continued growing in the third quarter, with sales up by 3% compared to Q3 2014 – a slightly slower pace of increase than for the first half of the year. … Continue Reading …

US sales 2015 Q1-Q3 Premium Compact segment

US premium compact

The Premium Compact segment continued growing in the third quarter of 2015, with sales up 15% compared to Q3 2014, although this rate of growth was slower than in the first part of the year, when they grew 59%. The main reason for this was that the Audi A3 sedan had been introduced in the US in the second half of 2014, which means that the incremental sales that variant brought are now “built in”.… Continue Reading …

US sales 2015 Q1-Q3 Large segment

US Large

The Large mainstream segment continued shrinking in Q3 2015, with sales down 11% compared to the same period in 2014. Although it was spared the ignominy of being the mainstream segment that shrank the most in Q3 by the subcompact segments -14% growth rate, customers are clearly abandoning Large cars for Mid-sized ones as the lines between the two become ever more blurred in terms of size and equipment.… Continue Reading …

US sales 2015 Q1-Q3 Mid-sized segment

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The mid-sized segment recovered from a poor first half of 2015 to record some growth in Q3, the only mainstream segment to do so. As such it put some clear distance between itself and the compact segment, and should finish the year comfortably as the 2nd largest segment, following the compact SUV segment.… Continue Reading …

Look-a-like: Jeep Grand Cherokee and…

Jeep Cherokee 2

You know the feeling when you’ve worked on something for a while, and then the end result is really great? At first you’re happy with how it all turned out, and you’re looking forward to all the accolade you’ll receive. But then it dawns on you that, before long, others will probably copy your good solution because, hey, if it works why not copy it? That is what I imagine Jeep felt like when it put the finishing touches on the Mk IV Grand Cherokee.… Continue Reading …

US sales 2015 Q1-Q3 Compact segment

US compacts

While the compact segment was the only mainstream segment to grow in the first half of 2015, it was a growth it could not sustain into the third quarter, when its sales fell by 1%, bringing the total gains for the year so far down to 2%. Not a bad performance, given that many of the segments mainstays are about to be replaced or updated (Civic, Elantra, Cruze, Sentra). Still, with the mid-sized segment picking up steam the gap between the two is widening, and it may take more expensive gas for it to start closing again.… Continue Reading …

US sales 2015 Q1-Q3 Subcompact segment

US subcompacts

The Subcompact segment shrank by 14% in Q3, a further acceleration of the decline in the first half of the year, compared to the market growing by 6% over the same period. As with the Minicar segment, a lot of this has to do with low gas prices that see people turning away from cars whose main selling point in the US is good gas milage. … Continue Reading …