The Large Premium SUV segment grew by 3% in Q3, and 6% since the beginning of the year, compared to the respective periods in 2014. This makes it the slowest-growing SUV segment bar the non-premium Large SUV segment, suggesting that consumers are slowly but surely moving to smaller SUVs and crossovers.Highlights:
Lexus RX remains the undisputed champion of the segment, even though it’s about to be replaced with a new model
2nd-placed Acura MDX opened a gap to 3rd-placed BMW X5, however its falling sales compared to 2014 is not good news for a car that’s barely over one year old
5th-placed Infiniti QX60 saw its sales go up 65% in Q3, the fastest of all cars in the segment – the upcoming 2016 restyle may make it more popular still next year
The new models on the market, Audi’s Q7 and Lincoln’s MKT, were both well received, with sales up by 26% and 34%, respectively, on Q3 2014
The largest body-on-frame SUVs did worst in Q3, with the Cadillac Escalade ESV down by 70%, and the Lexus LX down by 24%.
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