The full-sized SUV segment in the US continues to outperform the overall market, although the gap is narrowing. Large SUV sales are down 16% in the first half of 2022. At just under 220,000 deliveries, large SUVs now make up 3.2% of the total US car market, up from 3.1% in the first half of 2021. And in the second quarter, the class matched the overall market at -21%. Eight of the top-9 best sellers in this class outperform the segment average, while the remaining seven nameplates all lose share. The Chevrolet Tahoe is still king with a 12% decline in deliveries, while its sibling GMC Yukon is down just 9%. With the Chevrolet Suburban in 4th place and the Cadillac Escalade in 5th, General Motors has a share of 56.7% of the class, up from 53.1% in the first half of 2021, but down from a dominant 61.3% in the first quarter of this year. That’s because their biggest rival Ford Expedition had a very slow start of 2022 with a 5th place in Q1. It moves back onto the segment podium after Q2 but is still down by 52% on last year. The Jeep Wagoneer was in 4th place in Q2, outselling the Suburban. The Nissan Armada is down 70% but still well ahead of the Toyota Sequoia which had just 55 deliveries in the second quarter as an all-new generation is arriving in showrooms. Its stablemate Toyota Land Cruiser is no longer sold in North America.
Luxury full-sized SUVs are down 4% in first half of 2022, improving their share of the segment almost 4 percentage points to 31.8%. The Cadillac Escalade outperforms the class at -5%, but the BMW X7 is the best performing nameplate in the class at +26%, leapfrogging its nemesis Mercedes-Benz GLS which is down 12%. The Jeep Grand Wagoneer outsells the Lincoln Navigator which is down 34% but in Q2 the two domestic luxury SUVs where almost level as the Navigator was down just 11%. They both move ahead of the Range Rover which struggled in Q2 as an all-new generation is just coming to showrooms. The Infiniti QX80 (-62%) is struggling but stays well ahead of the Lexus LX (-21%).
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