Full-sized SUV sales in the US are the fastest growing segment in 2021, up 21% on last year. Some of the biggest players in this class have been redesigned in 2020, which is one of the drivers of this strong growth, in which only two nameplates lose sales on last year. We also welcome a new brand with two nameplates to the class, as Jeep has expanded its portfolio upwards. Large SUVs now make up 3.3% of the total US car market, up from 2.8% in 2020. This is only the second time the segment is above 500,000 sales since 2007. In Q4, sales of large SUVs were up 2% in an overall market down 21%. Luxury models slightly lose share of the segment at 27.6%, down from 28.3% last year, as sales of large luxury SUVs are up 18% for the year. The class leader slighly loses share of the segment, as the Chevrolet Tahoe is up 20%, making it the only nameplate to top 100,000 deliveries in 2021. Its sibling GMC Yukon jumps to second place with sales up 33%, knocking the Ford Expedition down into third place. The Ford struggled in the fourth quarter when it lost almost a third of its volume, which means it’s up just 5% on 2020 and loses 2.5 percentage points of share. In fourth place, the Chevrolet Suburban is up 28% thanks to the new generation, while the Nissan Armada is up 16% for the year, after sales almost doubled in Q4. The Toyota Sequoia is up 10% on its slowest year ever, despite being virtually unchanged since 2007. A new generation based on the latest Tundra pickup is planned for the 2023 Model Year. The Toyota Land Cruiser sold just 46 units in Q4 as the iconic model has been discontinued in the North American market. It’s still up 18% in its final year, which makes this the nameplate’s best year since 2005. The Jeep Wagoneer arrived in the final quarter of 2021 and will become a top-5 contender in 2022.
Luxury full-sized SUVs are up 20% in 2021, with the Cadillac Escalade extending its lead thanks to sales up 65%. The Mercedes-Benz GLS had a year-end sprint with sales up 29% in Q4 to finish the year with a 10% growth, while the BMW X7 was up 12% for the year. Despite a new generation having already been revealed, the Range Rover grows its sales by 33% in 2021, after an 85% jump in Q4. This allows the RR to move ahead of the Lincoln Navigator (+2%) and Infiniti QX80, the latter of which is the worst performing model in the class at -22%. The Lexus LX is down 21% and lost more than half of its sales in the final quarter. The Jeep Grand Wagoneer outsold the LX by 3:1 in Q4.
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