After a slight improvement in deliveries in 2018, the minivan segment in the US declines by 15% in 2019 and barely stays above 400,000 sales, making this the second-worst ever year for minivans, after the 386,800 in 2009. Just 2.4% of all vehicle sales in the United States are minivans, down from 2.8% in 2018 and 3.1% in 2016. All models in this segment lose sales in 2019, and only one does so by single digits: the Honda Odyssey’s 7% loss, which allows it to gain 2.1 percentage points of share and leapfrog the Chrysler Pacifica for the #2 spot. However, both these models dip below the 100,000 sales mark, for the Odyssey this happens for the first time since 1999 and the Pacifica hasn’t been below that threshold since its first full year of sales 2017. [Read more…]
Segment resumes its double-digit sales decline as every model falls into the red
Sales in the US Minivan segment fell by 15.8% to 216,835 in the first half of 2019, rapidly accelerating the sales decline the segment has been experiencing in the past few years. With the new Toyota Sienna being the only new model on the (seemingly still-distant) horizon, and the Kia Sedona not long for this world now that the Telluride has [Read more…]
Segment continues its gentle decline, propped up by aging Dodge Grand Caravan and new Honda Odyssey
Sales in the US Minivan segment fell by 0.5% to 482,185 in 2018, their lowest level since the car market bottomed out in 2009. Overall, this puts the segment roughly where it was in the mid-1990s, before a boom in uptake took total sales to almost 1.3 million cars in 2004. And it’s not just the customers who have been fleeing the segment – the [Read more…]
Segment dips back into the red as slow Honda Odyssey sales buildup cannot outweigh decline in Pacifica sales
Sales in the US Minivan segment fell by 2.6% to 257,456 in the first half of 2018, a climbdown following a surprising 2.7% sales increase in the first quarter of the year. With the new Honda Odyssey slowly building up sales, the Chrysler Pacifica still fresh and the new Toyota Sienna around the corner, the segment may yet bounce back into [Read more…]
Segment bounces back slowly as Chrysler Pacifica sales continue to grow
Sales in the US Minivan segment rose by 2.7% to 126,145 in the first quarter of 2018, a welcome bounce-back from the 13% sales decline in 2017. Although it’s impossible to tell for sure, the segment seems to have reached a new equilibrium of around 500,000 cars a year, on par with what it was 20 years ago, but far from the almost one million [Read more…]
Chrysler Pacifica fails to grab the lead as segment shrinks by an eight in 2017
Sales in the US minivan segment fell by 11.1% to 102,324 in the fourth quarter of 2017, perfectly “on pace” as far as its performance in 2017 is concerned, when the segment saw its sales fell by 12.5% to 484,618 , the first time the segment has dipped below the 500,000 mark since 2011. With just the new Honda Odyssey building up sales [Read more…]
Toyota Sienna reclaims second spot as the segment’s double-digit sales decline continues
The US Minivan segment continued its steady double-digit sales decline in the third quarter of 2017, losing 13% of sales in Q3 and ending the period on 382,294 sales YTD. Interestingly, that puts it ahead of the subcompact segment so far this year, and if it finishes ahead it’ll be the first time since 2010 that the minivan segment was ahead. Still, despite the momentum of the new Chrysler Pacifica, the segment is a long way from its hay day, when over 1 million cars were sold each year.
Chrysler Pacifica takes second spot but still lags some way behind “rental special” Dodge Grand Caravan
The 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.
After growing slightly in 2016, the Minivan segment is back in decline in the first quarter of 2017 with sales down 14.4% to 122,787 units. The segment that sold over 1.2 million units a year in its peak years 1999 and 2000, and still made up over a million sales as recently as 2005 has hovered around half that figure since 2009 and can’t seem to make a decent recovery as 7-seater crossovers are simply more trendy than minivans, which suffer from their soccer-mom image even though they’re much more practical and efficient in real life. Even the all-new Chrysler Pacifica can’t reverse the slide, and if even the new Honda Odyssey, due later this year, can’t stabilize the segment, it may be doomed.
Sales in the Minivan segment grew by 8.1 percent in the 2016, making it the only mainstream segment to gain sales in 2016. With total sales of 553,913 the segment is now within 30,000 units of the quickly-shrinking Subcompact segment, which is quite the comeback for the once-favorite family mover that has suffered greatly in recent years as consumers switch over to crossovers and SUVs. 2017 may be better still as the new Chrysler Pacifica comes into its own and the new Honda Odyssey goes on sale, though it could be that sales of the aging Dodge Grand Caravan start sliding considerably, as that could drag the whole segment down.