Segment sales surge on the back of great performances from Escalade, X7 and G-Class
Sales in the US Premium Full-size SUV segment rose by 31.7% to 69,767 in the first half of 2019, making this far and away the best-performing segment of all. What’s more, this performance that comes courtesy of new models (BMW X7) and new versions of existing ones (Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes-Benz G-Class), puts the model well on course to top its previously-best sales record of a little below 132,000 established in 2007.
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- The aging Cadillac Escalade has been experiencing an unexpected reassurance so far in 2019, with sales up a whole 50% on the first half of last year
- The Cadillac was followed at a considerable distance by the Infiniti QX80, whose latest version after a slow start in 2018 has seen its sales grow by almost 20% in 2019, allowing it to rise from fifth to second in the standings, leaping over the about-to-be-replaced Mercedes-Benz GLS, the facelifted Range Rover and the new Lincoln Navigator, which appears to be running out of steam as sales actually fell 13% in the second quarter
- The new BMW X7 had a successful debut, pulling out of nowhere to all but overtake the Navigator, and actually easily outselling all but the Escalade in the second quarter (it only went on sale halfway through Q1’19)
- The new and much-improved Mercedes-Benz G-Class is clearly a hit with buyers, with sales doubling, allowing the german shed on steroids to outsell the aging Lexus LX
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