Segment bounces back from Q4’17 decline to post fastest growth in Q1’18
Sales in the US Subcompact SUV segment rose by 33.3% to 133,488 in the first quarter of 2018, bouncing back strongly from the segment’s first quarterly sales drop registered in Q4’17, and handily outpacing the overall 7.0% growth in 2017. With the new Nissan Kicks about to replace the segment stalwart, Nissan Juke, and the new Hyundai Kona and new-for-US Ford EcoSport just having entered the market, the prospects for the segment look as bright as ever.
The erstwhile segment leader Jeep Renegade had to relinquish the crown to the Buick Encore, whose facelift helped it to sales growth of over a quarter – not bad for a six-year-old model
Following a good way back were the closely-matched Honda HR-V and Chevrolet Trax, with the latter narrowing the gap to third place as it too enjoys a boost from a facelift
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The new Toyota C-HR remained in fifth spot, same where it ended 2017, but for the first time sold more than half of what the segment leader sold, indicating a steady climb for the attractive model
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