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US sales 2017 first half: Minivan segment

Chrysler Pacifica takes second spot but still lags some way behind “rental special” Dodge Grand Caravan

US-sales-minivan-segment-2016-Honda_Odyssey-Toyota_Sienna-Kia_Sedona-Nissan_Quest-Dodge_Grand_CaravanThe Minivan segment in the US continued its decline in the second quarter of 2017, and so far has seen total sales decline by 12.9% in 2017 to a total 264,237. However, with the Chrysler Pacifica hitting its stride, and the new Honda Odyssey about to go on sale, things may look up for the segment in the second half of the year.

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US sales 2017 first half: Large segment

Collapse of the Large segment continues, as fewer cars were sold in the first half of ’17 than in the first two months of ’06US large segmentSales in the Large car segment fell by 17.8% in the second quarter of the year, meaning YTD sales are still below 200,000 units – this is a huge tumbledown for a segment that used to sell more than that in two months a decade ago. With only two new model entering the market in 2017 (Buick LaCrosse and Kia Cadenza), no other new cars on the immediate horizon, and suggestions that Ford may abandon the market altogether and not replace the Taurus, the signs are that the segment will continue its tumble down the rankings.… Continue Reading …

US sales 2017 first half: Mid-sized segment

Only Outback and Passat see their sales rise, five models lose more than 20% since 2016


Sales of Mid-sized cars in the US fell by 13.7% in the second quarter of 2017, following the same path of double-digit sales decline as all the other mainstream segments bar the compact segment. With one-time top non-pickup models like Toyota CamryHonda Accord and Nissan Altima now regularly giving way to crossovers in the monthly top rankings, it is far from clear whether the latest versions of the first two cars, which made their debut earlier this year, will be enough to even halt, let alone reverse this trend. One thing is for sure: they will need to do better than recent new models in the segment – Hyundai SonataKia Optima and  Chevrolet Malibu –  all of which have really underperformed relative to their previous generations.

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US sales 2017 first half: Compact segment

Compact segment lost more than 11%, as only 4 out of top-10 improve US-sales-compact_car-segment-2016-Chevrolet_Cruze-Honda_Civic-Nissan_Sentra-Hyundai_Elantra-Mazda3

The Compact Car segment accelerates its decline with a 14% loss in Q2 of 2017, which leads to a 11% decline in the first half to 1,704,812 sales. This is still the lowest decline of all mainstream sedan segments. The top-3 players, the Japanese elephants in the room, which take a combined 26.6% share of the segment, all improve their share of the segment as they fall with just single digits. There are two more models to sell over 100,000 units in the first half: the Chevrolet Cruze and the Hyundai Elantra, while the Ford Focus dips below that threshold. Two electrified newcomers are off to a shy start.

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US sales 2017 first half: Subcompact segment

Subcompact segment lost more than 20%, and only Toyota-branded cars gained any sales 

Sales in the subcompact segment in the United States continued falling in the second quarter of 2017, dropping by 250,395 units for the first half of the year. This represents a fall of 20.8% compared to the first half of 2016, the second fastest rate of decline from among the mainstream segments, behind only the minicar segment. Part of the reason is that a lot of the cars in the segment are either about to be replaced (Chevrolet SonicFord FiestaHyundai Accent and Kia Rio) or are in the second half of their life-cycle (Nissan VersaToyota Yaris), but really it’s the gradual migration to crossovers that’s the more likely reason of this trend – the subcompact SUV segment grew by 10.6% percent over the same period, and sold more than 200,000 units in half a year for the first time ever.

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US sales 2017 first half: Minicar segment

Minicar segment collapsed in the second quarter of 2017, with only Mitsubishi Mirage recording YTD sales gains


After briefly returning to growth in the first quarter of 2017, the Minicar segment in the United States fell back into the red in the second quarter of this year. And what a fall it was – sales fell by almost a half compared to Q2’16, to only 19,019 units, the largest fall from among all segments by a wide margin.

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US sales: June 2017, models

After discussing the US auto brand sales ranking for June, let’s take a closer look at the models ranking.

Top 10

Chevrolet_Equinox-2018-US-car-sales-statisticsAfter three months of being outsold by RAM Pickup, Chevrolet Silverado finally got the better of its historically worse-selling rival in June thanks to some positive sales growth, re-opening a gap of over 10,000 units in the YTD sales race. Just behind Nissan Rogue was back in fourth spot, similarly opening up a wider gap to its closest competitor, Honda CR-V, which performed very poorly in June, ranking only 11th on the back of a 4.3% fall in sales. The big surprise is the car that pushed it out of the Top 10: sales of the new Chevrolet Equinox were almost half up on what they were for the old car this time last year. However, only time will tell whether the new crossover will indeed be a home run for Chevrolet, given the topsy-turvy sales ride that its sister model, the Cruze (whose sales fell by over 30% in June, relative to a gain of over 30% until May).

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US sales: June 2017, brands

Total US sales fell by another 2.9% in June, making it six out of six months so far in 2017 that the market has declined relative to 2016. 

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US sales: May 2017, models

After discussing the US auto brand sales ranking for May, let’s take a closer look at the models ranking.

Top 10

At the front the RAM Pickup outsold the Chevrolet Silverado for the third month in a row, though only by a slender margin of a little over 1,000 units – not yet enough to overtake its arch rival in YTD sales, though this remains a possibility in the coming months. Behind the pickups once again the leading non-truck car was compact SUV – this time it was the Toyota RAV4, which managed to claw back some space to the class-leading Nissan Rogue and Honda CR-V, both of which ranked relatively poorly in 7th and 8th in May. The surprise in the top-10 this month came from Honda Accord, whose sales were up 5.0% and which ranked 5th, the highest it has been since December’15 (though, YTD, the model is still down 7.3%). Otherwise it was business as usual, with Toyota CamryHonda Civic and Toyota Corolla all continuing its slide by recording sales drops of 10% or so.

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US sales: May 2017, brands

Total US sales fell by 0.5% in May, the slowest rate of decline so far this year, but a decline nonetheless. What’s more, the decline continued despite favorable market conditions: rising employment, economic growth and (relatively) low gas prices. As has been the trend recently, the overall figure masks burgeoning demand for trucks and crossovers, which was up 6.2%, and the continuing decline in demand for cars, whose sales were down 10%.

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