US sales 2017 Q3: Commercial Van segment

The segment grows slowly thanks to a halt in the small vans sales decline


Overall sales of Commercial Vans in the US recovered a bit in the third quarter, with sales of large vans growing by 2%, and sales of small vans not changing much compared to Q3’16. This is a big improvement especially for the latter subsegment, which saw double-digit declines in the first two quarters. Still, because of this decline earlier in the year the overall segment is down 2% on where it was this time last year, with large vans up 1% and small vans down 13% YTD.

Highlights for Q3 2017:

Chevrolet City Express

  • Ford will not be happy about its models’ performance so far this year – both the Transit, which leads the large vans subsegment, and the Transit Connect, which leads the small vans subsegment, saw their sales fall by double-digits once again in the third quarter, making them the models with the biggest sales drop
  • The old-fashioned large vans continue to enjoy a renaissance, with Chevrolet Express, Ford E-series, and in particular GMC Savana (up an incredible 207% in Q3’17) growing in the third quarter
  • Other than GMC’s golden oldie, the standout performances in Q3’17 came from Chevrolet City Express, whose sales doubled compared to this time last year, and from the Mercedes-Benz Metris, which finally saw some good growth with sales up 33% in the third quarter
  • Finally, the continued growth of the Ram ProMaster bares pointing out, as the Fiat-sourced model has established itself as the clear no. 2 among the modern large vans in 2017, putting clear air between itself and FCA’s erstwhile North American offering, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (which until 2010 it sold as the Ram Sprinter)

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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