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.

Highlights for the first half of 2017:

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  • Chrysler Pacifica is the model on the rise – after ending up in 3rd place 2016 standings it was able to do one better in the first half of 2017, leaping over the rapidly-aging Toyota Sienna to claim second spot
  • That said, the ancient Dodge Grand Caravan is still firmly in command of the segment, even if its lead over the Pacifica was just a little over 5,000 in the second quarter of 2017 – this is mainly due to fleet sales, as the model can be had for much cheaper than any other car in the segment
  • Honda Odyssey lost over a quarter of its volume as buyers await the new model, though it remains to be seen whether the new car will be able to take the fight to the Pacifica, or even the aged but sturdy Sienna
  • After a promising start Kia Sedona is sliding further back with each passing quarter, though at least it can take solace that it does not do worse in the segment – that would be the Nissan Quest, whose paltry sales of under 5,000 in the first half of 2017 make us wonder whether this model will be replaced when Nissan finally pulls the plug on it

Note: clicking on the model name opens the sales data page for that model; clicking year in the legend turns the display for that year on/off

About Krzysztof Wozniak

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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Comments

  1. Losange says:

    I know the Pacifica is significantly larger than e.g. the Ford Galaxy and Renault Espace and therefore too big for the average European road, let alone cities, but it’s a pity this beautiful full size MPV isn’t available in Europe. A great combination of functionality and design.

  2. NaBUru38 says:

    The Pacifica sells close to the old Town & Country. But it’s much more expensive, so profits must be also bigger, are they?

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