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Chrysler debuts new Town&Cou… Pacifica [w/ Poll]

Earlier today Chrysler revealed its crucial new model, the Pacifica minivan. “Wait, isn’t this the new Town&Country?” I hear you say? Yes, the name change is pretty surprising, given that the Town & Country and Voyager were pioneers of the segment and enjoy great name-recognition, but Chrysler’s logic is that they’ve become too synonymous with the old-style minivan and were tainted by the lackluster predecessor. Enter the “Pacifica” name, which last served on an upmarket minivan/crossover model, sort of like the Mercedes-Benz R-Class, that Chrysler retired in 2008 after only five years of sales. Such a name change is not unprecedented, but only time will tell if the new name will stick (as it did when Ford replaced the Escort with the Focus) or whether the carmaker will have a change of heart (as Ford had when it replaced the Taurus with the Five Hundred, only to  change the name back a few years later).… Continue Reading …

US sales: 2015, brands

European-car-sales-ranking-november-2014-Jeep-Renegade-CherokeeUS car sales in 2015 were up by by 5.7% compared to 2014, and while it was the slowest growth since 2011, it was enough to set a new record of annual sales. The total number of cars sold, 17.5 million, surpassed the record set in 2000, just before the dot-com bubble burst. The drivers in this record year were low gas prices, an ever-stronger economy and intense competition between carmakers that led them to offer ever-better products at good prices. Consumers in the US have never had it this good, and 2016 looks only to build on this further.

Please note: for those of you interested in US auto sales statistics, Bart & Kriss have been working very hard these last couple of months to add US brand- and model specific pages to the already existing European and Chinese car sales data pages. Use the drop-down menu on the top right-hand corner of this site to browse for car sales data of every brand and model sold in the US since 2003.Continue Reading …

US sales: December 2015, brands

Volvo_XC90-US-car-sales-statisticsUS car sales in December 2015 were up by by 8.9% compared to December 2014 – a higher growth rate than in November (1.2%), but slightly slower than in the months prior (September and October both saw growth of over 10%). Ultimately, though, the growth rate in December was faster than for the year overall (5.7%), showing that not only the market was growing quickly, but that the growth rate was in fact accelerating over time.

Please note: for those of you interested in US auto sales statistics, Bart & Kriss have been working very hard these last couple of months to add US brand- and model specific pages to the already existing European and Chinese car sales data pages. Use the drop-down menu on the top right-hand corner of this site to browse for car sales data of every brand and model sold in the US since 2003.Continue Reading …

Disappointments of 2015 and 2016: US

A new year is always a nice opportunity to reflect on the past year and in our case, that means looking at which cars have sold disappointingly in 2015 and which do we expect to disappoint in 2016. We’ll also look at which cars or brands have surprised from a sales volume point of view in a separate article. We’ve already covered the surprises and disappointments in Europe and China, now let’s take a look at the US car market.

Which cars had disappointing sales in 2015:

Fiat

Fiat_500-sales-disappointment-US-2015The launch of the Italian brand in the US has been a relative success. For the past four years, Fiat has sold between 42.000 and 47.000 cars in the US, while its initial goal was 50.000 sales. However, the expansion of the line-up has not led to an increase of volume for the brand. First was the launch of the Fiat 500L as a five-door, five seater supplement to the regular Fiat 500 minicar in 2013, but instead of creating additional volume, the 500L ended up cannibalizing 500 sales as total brand sales have remained stable.

Then Fiat promised that the all-new 500X would be the breakthrough vehicle for the brand, as small crossovers are gaining popularity in the US as well and the success of the Jeep Renegade sister vehicle might reflect positively on the Fiat 500X. But the same thing happened again: Despite the addition of the 500X, total brand sales have remained stable or even lower. Fiat 500L sales have shrunk to less than 400 units a month, with a low of just 228 sales in November and sales of the 500 minicar dipped below 1.000 units for the first time since its launch. And that’s despite record incentives of as much as $ 3,500 per vehicle.

Of course, low fuel prices have not helped sales of small and fuel efficient vehicles, but while the 500 impresses in Europe with surprisingly stable sales during its life cycle, its image in the US isn’t strong enough to weather the storm. The addition of the Mazda Miata based Fiat 124 Spider this year won’t add much volume either, but an all-wheel-drive option for the 500X might help in the cold-weather states, but in 2015 Fiat’s performance has been an absolute disappointment.… Continue Reading …

Surprises of 2015 and 2016: US

A new year is always a nice opportunity to reflect on the past year and in our case, that means looking at which cars have sold surprisingly well in 2015 and which do we expect to surprise in 2016. We’ll also look at which cars or brands have disappointed from a sales volume point of view in a separate article. We’ve already covered the surprises and disappointments in Europe and in China, now let’s take a look at the US car market

Which cars sold surprisingly well in 2015:

Euro-vans

Eurovans-Ford_Transit-RAM_ProMaster-Mercedes_Benz_Sprinter-sales-surprise-US-2015For decades, the US commercial van market has been dominated by three old-fashioned and inefficient models: the Ford E-Series, the Chevrolet Express (and its clone GMC Savana) and Dodge Ram Van. In 2001 the Sprinter was added as a kind-of replacement to the Ram Van, which stood out because of its unibody layout. Although the Sprinter, first as Freightliner, later also as Dodge, then RAM and now as Mercedes-Benz, has enjoyed continued growth, it took Ford until the second half of 2014 to see the benefits and replace its ageing E-Series with the Transit, also based on a European design. And with the Sprinter now under the Mercedes-Benz brand since the demerger of DaimlerChrysler, FCA launched the RAM ProMaster in 2014 as well, which is a rebadged Fiat Ducato.

And the result has been a sales success for the “Euro-vans”, helped undoubtedly by a recovering economy, as businesses are starting to replace their aging vans after postponing that investment during the crisis years. But also because of their better fuel economy, more cabin space, better ride and greater choice of size configurations.

Chevrolet_Express-GMC_Savana-sales-surprise-US-2015In the first 11 months of 2015, these three models accounted for 53% of total large commercial van sales in the US, up from 18,5% in the same period of 2014. To put it in numbers: the Ford Transit, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and RAM ProMaster sold a combined 155.000 units, a tripling of their volume of 47.878 units a year earlier and they helped boost the segment as a whole increase 13,3% to 292.271 sales. That means the “traditional” body-on-frame vans lost 34,6% of their volume, or if we don’t include the Ford E-Series which is being replaced by the Transit, the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana were down 23,7% and the Nissan NV was up 12,7% but with the smallest volume of all competitors.

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US sales 2015 Q1-Q3 Large Sports segment

US Sports Large

Sales in the Sports Large segment shrank by 7% in Q3 2015, pulling the segment into the red after a period of positive growth in the first half of the year.… Continue Reading …

US sales 2015 Q1-Q3 Small Premium Sports segment

US Small Sports Premium

The Small Premium Sports segment shrank by 10% in the third quarter of 2015, a slightly better performance than in the first half of the year, when the sales were down 20%.… Continue Reading …

US sales 2015 Q1-Q3 Small Sports segment

US Small Sports

The Sports Small segment grew by 13% in Q3 2015, just a bit slower than the 14% growth rate it managed in the first half of the year.… Continue Reading …

US sales 2015 Q1-Q3 Exotics segment

US Exotics 2

Sales in the Exotic segment fell by 13% in the third quarter of the year, on the surface a dramatic reversal of fortunes for a segment in which sales were up 5% in the first half of the year. However, upon clearer inspection this fall is driven mostly by a 17% drop in sales for the Maserati brand, whose models account for well over half of sales in the segment.… Continue Reading …

US sales 2015 Q1-Q3 Alternative Power segment

US Alternative Power

Sales in the Alternative Power segment continued falling in Q3 2015 at 17% compared to the same period last year, even faster than the 12% fall in the first half of the year. It is clear that low gas prices are bad news for this segment…… Continue Reading …