After see-sawing for most of the year, the market delivered a surprisingly stable performance in August, with sales up by 1.0%. However, because of the serious sales decline in July, the YTD growth is still just 1.4%, meaning that it’s far from guaranteed that 2018 will end up being a better year than 2017. Despite a lot of dynamism
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Segment returns to growth thanks to strong double-digit growth from the GMC twins
Sales in the US Large Pickup segment rose by 2.9% to 1,152,758 in the first half of 2018, as the segment posted a 6.1% sales growth in the second quarter to recover from a mild decline in Q1’18. With the new Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and RAM Pickup only beginning to spread their wings, the chances look good that this [Read more…]
The imminent arrival of the Ford Ranger and Jeep pickup will find a segment with a sustained growth rate
Sales in the US Small Pickup segment rose by 19.9% to 259,119 in the first half of 2018, with second quarter growth slowing only a little bit from the level achieved in the first quarter of the year. With the Ford Ranger and the long-awaited Jeep Gladiator pickup finally arriving later this year the segment is set for a nice period of expansion, [Read more…]
Sales in the US Large Sports and Exotics segment fell by 15.9% to 20,339 in the first half of 2018, with the sales decline reaching almost 25% in the second quarter alone. This time, excluding the segment-dominating Chevrolet Corvette does not change the picture that much, with sales of the remaining models still falling by 18%. Although [Read more…]
Porsche Cayman soars and Chevy Camaro drops as segment decline continues
Sales in the US Mid-sized Sports segment fell by 11.5% to 110,646 in the first half of 2018, as the segment’s moderate decline continued unabated, with the big three muscle cars (Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro, Dodge Challenger) remaining unchanged in 2018. While the second half of the year will see the release of the new [Read more…]
Sales in the US Small Sports segment fell by 33.2% to 18,495 in the first half of 2018, although the rate of decline in the second quarter (around 25%) was less dramatic than the collapse experienced in the first quarter of the year (over 40%). With the new Hyundai Veloster being the only model likely to enter in 2018, it is not impossible that [Read more…]
Sales of Lincoln Navigator surge even further, as segment slides back into the red
Sales in the US Premium Full-size SUV segment fell by 3.1% to 60,612 in the first half of 2018, as the segment’s rate of decline accelerated to 4.5% in the second quarter of the year. With the new Lincoln Navigator being the only new model still ramping up sales, and only the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class set to go on sale before the end of the [Read more…]
Growth halts in the second quarter, as segment readies itself for new models in the fall
Sales in the US Premium Large SUV segment rose by 3.6% to 244,48 in the first half of 2018, as growth fell from a healthy 6.8% in the first quarter down to just 0.6% in the second quarter. As a result, the segment was overtaken by Premium Mid-sized SUVs as the largest Premium SUV segment for the first time. While new [Read more…]
Segment growth accelerates, led by new Volvo XC60 and refreshed Mercedes-Benz GLC
Sales in the US Premium Mid-sized SUV segment rose by 20.8% to 254,723 in the first half of 2018, thanks to growth of almost 25% in the second quarter. In doing so it has officially become the largest Premium SUV segment, overtaking the Premium Large SUV segment. With most of the cars in the segment having made their debut or [Read more…]
BMW X2 and Volvo XC40 gain great traction in market, while E-Pace struggles
Sales in the US Premium Compact SUV segment rose by 23.7% to 70,770 in the first half of 2018, thanks to a remarkable 42.5% growth in the second quarter of the year. With the new BMW X2, Jaguar E-Pace and Volvo XC40 beginning to stretch their legs sales-wise, the second-generation Audi Q3 and Lexus UX arriving imminently, [Read more…]