The midsized car segment in the US is not as badly in dire straits as in Europe (-19%), but a 7% decline is still more than the overall car market and decreases its share of the market from 13% to 12.3%. However, when looking at just the sedan (non-SUV) market, the midsized segment actually outperforms its peers and improves its share from 42.2% to 44.3%. The Toyota Camry gains share thanks to a 2% loss in 2019, and thanks to the Honda Accord’s 8% decline, the Camry now has an almost 70,000 sales advantage over its nearest rival. The Nissan Altima sees stable sales in 2019 thanks to the new generation, and the same reason helps the Subaru Outback to a 1% gain, which adds one percentage point of share to both nameplates. When combining sales of the Outback and its sedan cousin Legacy, Subaru holds the #3 spot in this segment. Very impressive for what used to be a niche brand. [Read more…]
Segment sees sales decline lessen as barrage of new models hope to recover ground lost to crossovers
Sales in the US Mid-sized segment fell by 5.8% to 822,522 in the first half of 2019, a slightly less bad performance than the 10% plus sales decline the model experienced in 2017 and 2018. What’s more, while the sheen of newness may be coming off the latest Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, and the Ford Fusion leaving the segment, there will be [Read more…]
Segment experiences second year of double-digit sales decline as Camry and Accord fail to reignite sales
Sales in the US Mid-sized segment fell by 13.7% to 1,697,498 in 2018, making it the second year in a row that sales in the segment have declined by more than 10%. With sales down by a third since their peak in 2015, the Mid-sized segment is another piece of evidence just how quick the shift toward crossovers has been over the past few years. [Read more…]
New Camry and Accord sales fall, while revised Mazda6 and Honda Clarity perform well at the bottom of the standings
Sales in the US Mid-sized segment fell by 12.4% to 872,876 in the first half of 2018, with the rate of decline being very close to 12% in both quarters in 2018 so far. Such a performance will be disappointing to those who thought that new, more assertive models such as Toyota Camry and Honda Accord could breathe life into the declining segment. [Read more…]
Toyota Camry and Subaru Outback gain sales as Ford abandons declining segment
Sales in the Mid-sized segment fell by 12.7% to 412,667 in the first quarter of 2018, a slightly slower pace of decline than in the fourth quarter of 2017 or the previous year as a whole, but a substantial decline nonetheless. With Ford announcing that it will discontinue the Fusion is now clear that the segment which was the go-to place for family [Read more…]
Sales of PHEV cars grow faster than any other segment, as new models like Prius Prime and Pacifica PHEV shine
Having analyzed sales of hybrid green cars in 2017, let’s look at plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, or PHEV for short. Sales of PHEV vehicles rose by 10.7% to 24,525 in the fourth quarter of 2017, while overall sales in 2017 rose by 31.7% to 85,111. Such a prodigious growth rate makes this the fastest-growing of all types of vehicles, beating out electric [Read more…]
Segment shrinks by 15% as customers abandon it for crossovers
Sales in the US mid-sized segment fell by 17.9% to 453,359 in the fourth quarter of 2017, and by 15.1% to 1,963,757 for 2017 as a whole – the first time the segment has dipped below the 2 million mark since 2010. What’s more, the malaise is pretty much evenly spread amongst all models, with only one model seeing its sales rise in the final [Read more…]
Every mid-sized model bar the Subaru Outback has lost sales in 2017 so far
Sales of Mid-sized cars in the US fell by 10% in the third quarter of 2017: still in the double-digits, but less severe than the declines in the first and second quarters. This relative upturn is mostly due to the entry of the new Toyota Camry and Honda Accord into the market – it helps because customers are excited about the new model, but primarily because dealers want to empty their forecourts from the old model, and are offering bigger-than-before discounts. Still, with recent new models underperforming relative to their previous generations (Chevy Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, and Kia Optima), it remains to be seen if the new, bolder Toyota and Honda have what it takes to lure customers back into a segment that has become very unsexy over the past few years.
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 Camry, Honda 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 Sonata, Kia Optima and Chevrolet Malibu – all of which have really underperformed relative to their previous generations.
The annual New York Auto Show is one of the most popular auto shows in the world, it’s traditionally held at the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan and this year it runs from Friday April 14 through Sunday April 23. That means it’s the last of the major auto shows in North America, after LA in November, Detroit in January and Chicago in February. As a result, the number of real new product launches and concept cars is relatively limited, especially compared to the most important of them all: Geneva. Still, we’ve had our pick of winners and losers of the show, and as usual we just can’t seem to agree on most of them. Let us know your view in the poll or in the comments below.
Acura TLX (facelift)
See the new TLX in isolation and you may think to yourself “wow, this is a pretty good-looking car”, but wish the grille wasn’t quite as big and brash as it is. Well, then, you’re in luck – there is a version of this car without this ugly new grille, and it’s called the pre-facelift TLX. Now, don’t get me wrong, the TLX is still pretty good looking, it’s just that with this facelift Acura managed to either botch the changes the TLX needed (the new grille is not an improvement, and does not go far enough to give this car “personality”) and not change things at all (the interior still looks no better than on the mass-market Accord). Acura is desperately looking for a car that will change the fortunes of its mainstream offerings, and this is not it, sadly.
What a difference a grille makes! Acura pulls trick from the Lexus playbook, using the motto: it doesn’t have to be stylish, as long as it’s brash. As opposed to Kriss, I think it’s an improvement compared to the pre-facelift version. The TLX goes from utter wallflower with its beak-nose to one of the most aggressive designs in the segment with its enormously wide grille. I don’t find it particularly sophisticated, or even attractive for that matter (I’d still prefer a C-Class, Q50 or even the aging 3-Series over it), but I just have to admire Acura for finally getting the point that just another vanilla sedan just isn’t going to cut it in this competitive segment anymore. Besides the sheer size of the grille, and the graphics inside it, there’s one more issue I have with the front end of the updated TLX: the lower part seems visually wider than the rest, which gives it a bit of a “heavy” presence, as if it has a double chin. The rear end has been cleaned up nicely, though.