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:
- 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.