US sales Q1-Q3 2016 Large Commercial Vans segment


US large van segment

Sales in the Large Commercial Vans segment rose by 15 percent in Q3 to 89,788 vehicles. This continues a good trend for the segment, whose sales have increased by 18 percent so far this year, and comes at a clear expense of the Small Commercial Vans segment, which barely grew over the same time period. 

Highlights for Q1-Q3 2016:

    Nissan NV

  • Sales of the segment-dominating Ford Transit rose by a further 20 percent in Q3 2016, further cementing its crown as the king of the new era of cargo vans in the US.
  • Interestingly, two dinosaurs from the previous era, Chevrolet Express and Ford E-series, are still holding on in the top-3, despite predictions of their imminent demise a few years back.
  • Sales of the Ram ProMaster grew by a further 32 percent in Q3 2016, opening a gap out to fifth-placed Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
  • GMC Savana, a twin-dinosaur to the Express, is also holding in there, though it will probably be passed by Nissan NV by the end of the year.
  • Sales of the mid-sized Mercedes-Benz Metris has so far failed to get off the ground, with an average of less than 500 sales a month – it seems the model’s smaller-than-large size and larger-than-small price is a “lose-lose” proposition to most business owners.

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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  1. Seems like old, traditional american vans don’t want to die. 😛

  2. Krzysztof Wozniak says:

    Yeah, they really don’t! I’ve driven them many times as rental trucks and they are awful, just awful

  3. So why do Americans buy them? Is this a sentiment of some kind?

  4. bcs they r cooool as jake said

  5. Krzysztof Wozniak says:

    I think it’s because they’re cheap and easy to fix with a hammer, sort of like the Ford Crown Victoria / Chevy Caprice of old

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