Car sales statistics for the premium compact SUV / crossover segment in the US, updated every quarter.

US sales 2017-Q1 Premium Compact SUV segment

US premium compact SUV 2Sales in the Premium Compact SUV segment in the US rose a very dynamic 39.2% in the first quarter of 2017, after already gaining 24.2% in 2016. Total sales in Q1 were 30,286 as only one model in the segment lost sales: the Mercedes-Benz GLA. With the new generation Mini Countryman in showrooms now, and the arrival of the Volvo XC40 by the end of the year (or perhaps early next year), the segment is bound to continue on this path of growth.

 

Highlights for Q1 2017

  • The new generations BMW X1 helps the nameplate hold on to the segment lead it already took for the full year 2016, after the model alreayd almost doubled its volume last year.
  • The Mercedes-Benz GLA was the segment leader in the first quarter of last year, but is now relegated into third place by the model that is developed on the same platform, using the same engines and even shares some interior components: the Infiniti QX30. The newcomer comes out of nowhere and lands in the segment #2 spot, not even that far behind the leader. In fact, the QX30 was still in startup mode in January, but outsold the X1 in February as well as March when it started to gain traction, so it has a real shot at leading this segment by the next quarter. By all means its 2nd place is already an impressive performance, especially considering no Infiniti model has ever been this high up in any segment, but also considering it outsells its platform rival from a much more established brand by a large margin.
  • In fourth place we find the steadily improving Audi Q3 with sales up 20.8%, even though that means it loses share of the segment as its growth rate is half that of the entire segment combined.
  • Mini_Countryman-2017-US-car-sales-statisticsThe fastest growing model in the segment is the Range Rover Evoque, helped by its facelift in 2016, as it is closing in on the Q3.
  • The Mini Countryman has just been replaced by the new generation, which started deliveries in March, so its Q1 result is not representative for its potential. Expect the Countryman to at least double its 2016 volume of 12.706 sales, which would make this year the nameplate’s best ever, and deservedly so, as the new generation has grown in size to better suit the needs of buyers in this segment.


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US sales 2016 Premium Compact SUV segment

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Sales in the Premium Compact SUV segment in the US rose by 24.2 percent in 2016 to 87,391, making it the fastest-growing from among all Premium SUV segments, and the second-fastest segment overall, after the Subcompact SUV segment. 2017 should continue this trend, with the arrival of the new Mini Countryman, the facelifted Mercedes-Benz GLA and, possibly, the baby brother to the Volvo XC90 (thought a 2018 on-market date seems more likely).… 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 first half Premium Compact SUV segment

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Sales in the Premium Compact SUV segment in the US rose by 15 percent in the second quarter of 2016, slightly faster than in the first quarter, resulting in an aggregate growth rate of 21 for the first half of the year. The growth is driven primarily by the success of the new BMW X1, but even the older models are doing pretty well, especially the Audi Q3. Overall, the growth rate remains the highest from among all Premium SUV segments.… Continue Reading …

US sales Q1 2016 Premium Compact SUV segment

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Sales in the Premium Compact SUV segment in the US rose by 29% in Q1 2015 to 19,104 vehicles, propelled primarily by the success of the new BMW X1. Such a prodigious rate of growth was the highest from among all Premium SUV segments, beating out the fast-growing Premium Large SUV segment (sales up 24%). With the Mini Countryman due for a replacement this year the segment should continue growing nicely in 2016, and could even acquire a new entrant if Acura decides to bring its new CDX to the US.… Continue Reading …

US sales 2015 Premium Compact SUV segment

US Premium SUV CompactSales of Premium Compact SUVs in the US rose by 24% in 2015 to 84.926 vehicles, helped by the two newcomers of 2014 and record volume of one existing model, while the other two of the three existing models lose volume. This means the ranking is shuffled and we have a new segment leader: the Mercedes-Benz GLA.… Continue Reading …

US sales 2015 Q1-Q3 Premium Compact SUV segment

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The Premium Compact SUV segment grew by 40% compared to the period Q1-Q3 in 2014, thanks mainly to the two models that entered the market roughly a year ago: Mercedes-Benz GLA and Audi Q3.… Continue Reading …

US sales 2015 first half Premium Compact SUV segment

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The Premium Compact SUV segment grew by 40% year-on-year, the best performance from among all Premium SUV segments that, overall, grew by an impressive 15%. The main driver of growth in the Compact segment has been the introduction of two models to the US market: the Mercedes-Benz GLA and Audi Q3. And with the new X1 going on sale in the second half of the year I would not bet against this healthy growth continuing for a while yet.

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