US sales 2016 first half Mid-sized SUV segment

SUV mid-sizedSales in the Mid-sized SUV segment grew by 2 percent in the second quarter of the year, slightly slower than the 4 percent growth in the first quarter of the year, for a total of 868,715 cars in the first half of 2016. With such sales figures the segment finds itself in a bit of a no man’s land between the likes of Large and Minivan segments (both around 300,000 units over the half year) and segments like Compact or Large Pickup (both with slightly over a million units over the time period). However, if the Compact segment continues shrinking as it has been recently (down 6 percent in the first half of 2016), than the Mid-sized SUV sector will catch it sooner rather than later.

  • Highlights for first half of 2016:


    • Ford Explorer continues in its undisputed position as segment-leader, helped no doubt by sales to police departments around the country (just like Ford Taurus, and Chevy Impala)
    • Jeep Grand Cherokee picked up sales despite entering its fifth year on the market (sales up 8 percent compared to first half of 2015), much like its Dodge Durango cousin (sales up 26 percent)
    • Honda PilotGMC Acadia and Mazda CX-9 all lost volume due to a model handover (sales were down 10, 22  and 60 percent, respectively), while sales of Chevy Traverse were 11 percent down in anticipation of the new model being revealed soon
    • Sales of the bold new Nissan Murano rose by 39 percent, mirroring the good performance of the new Nissan Maxima
    • The third-fastest growth in the segment came from Toyota 4Runner, at 18 percent, suggesting the model is attracting consumers wanting a traditional body-on-frame model, after Nissan X-Terra and Toyota FJ Cruiser exited the market

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Kriss grew up in Poland reading German car magazines, before moving to England and graduating to the British magazines, which he still considers the best in the world and continues reading them after he’d moved to the US. In college he promised himself he’s buy himself a used Porsche before he turned 30 (not to be accused of having a mid-life crisis), but instead family needs dictated a Subaru Outback. Still waiting for that perfect moment to buy a used 2008-ish Cayman…
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