US car sales by segment

US sales Q1-Q3 2016 Large Commercial Vans segment


US large van segment

Sales in the Large Commercial Vans segment rose by 15 percent in Q3 to 89,788 vehicles. This continues a good trend for the segment, whose sales have increased by 18 percent so far this year, and comes at a clear expense of the Small Commercial Vans segment, which barely grew over the same time period. 

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US sales Q1-Q3 2016 Small Commercial Vans segment


US small van segment

Sales in the Small Commercial Vans segment fell by 14 percent in Q3 2016 to 19,466 vehicles, a reversal of fortune after registering an average sales growth of 8 percent in the first half of the year. Low fuel costs are holding back sales as American business generally prefer Large Commercial Vans or Pickup Trucks instead. Still, the segment has gained sales year to date, and it may be that, in preparation for the holiday season, sales will yet rebound in 2016.

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US sales Q1-Q3 2016 Alternative Power segment

The decline of sales in the Alternative Power segment slowed down somewhat in the third quarter of 2016 to just 6 percent, a much better (less bad) performance than the 21 perent drop in sales in Q2. That said, prospects for the segment still look pretty bleak because cheap gas keeps luring people away from EVs, hybrids and more fuel-efficient cars in general into larger crossovers, SUVs and pick-up trucks. Not even the new Toyota Prius, Chevrolet Volt or Tesla Model X seem to be able to stop that.

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US sales Q1-Q3 2016 Large Sports segment

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Sales in the Large Sports segment kept level in the third quarter of 2016, which combined in the saled declines in the first two quarters resulted in a 13 percent fall in sales so far this year, making it the worst performing from among the Sports segments.

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US sales Q1-Q3 2016 Small Premium Sports segment


Sales in the Small Premium Sports segment fell by 9 percent in the third quarter of 2016, bringing the overall sales growth for the year down to 3 percent. Still, this is a much better performance than either the Sports Small segment (down 6 percent) or the Sports Large segment (down 13 percent). The prospects for this segment rest on how the public will like the newly-facelifted Porsche Boxster and Cayman (now with the “718” prefix), as well as the continued increase in popularity of the new Audi TT.

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US sales 2016 Q1-Q3 Premium Large SUV segment

US Large Premium SUV
Sales in the Premium Large SUV segment rose by 11 percent in the third quarter of 2016, one percent faster than in the first two quarters of 2016. When you include Tesla Model X, which technically belongs in the Alternative Power segment, that rate of growth rises to 13 percent YTD – impressive in this era of downsizing. Moreover, the popularity of the segment is borne out in the sheer number of models offered by manufacturers: with a total of 24 models following the introduction of Maserati Levante and Bentley Bentayga, this segment is now one of the most populous.

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US sales Q1-Q3 2016 Small Sports segment

US Small Sports

Sales in the Small Sports segment declined by 4 percent in the third quarter of 2016, a recovery after the 15 percent decline recorded in the second quarter of the year. This means that the segment did better than the Sports Large segment but not as well as the Small Premium Sports segment, the only one of the three to record a rise in sales so far this year.

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US sales 2016 Q1-Q3 Premium Mid-sized SUV segment

US premium mid-sized SUVSales in the Premium Mid-sized SUV segment rose by 12 percent in the third quarter of 2016, a slightly faster pace than in the previous quarter, but still slower than the 24 percent growth recorded in the first quarter. Overall, the segment grew by 15 percent YTD, slightly slower than the Premium Compact SUV segment, but faster than the larger Premium Large SUV segment. … Continue Reading …

US sales 2016 Q1-Q3 Premium Compact SUV segment

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Sales in the Premium Compact SUV segment in the US rose by 11 percent in the third quarter of 2016, slightly slower than in either of the previous two quarters, bringing the YTD growth rate down to 18 percent. This was nonetheless enough to keep the segment ahead of either the Premium Mid-sized SUV and Premium Large SUV segments.… Continue Reading …

US sales 2016 Q1-Q3 Limousine segment

US limousine segmentSales in the Premium Limousine segment rose sharply by 23 percent in the third quarter, making up for sales declines in the first two quarters, to produce a net 3 percent increase in sales over the first three quarters compared to the same period in 2015. What’s more, once the Tesla Model S is included (it technically belongs to the Alternative Power segment), sales growth rises to 12 percent over the course of the three quarters, while total sales rise from 43,285 to 64,360. What’s more, prospects for the segment look bright as both new releases from 2016 keep bringing in more and more sales: BMW 7-series and Cadillac CT6.… Continue Reading …