Sales in the Mid-sized SUV segment grew by 2 percent in the second quarter of the year, slightly slower than the 4 percent growth in the first quarter of the year, for a total of 868,715 cars in the first half of 2016. With such sales figures the segment finds itself in a bit of a no man’s land between the likes of Large and Minivansegments (both around 300,000 units over the half year) and segments like Compactor Large Pickup (both with slightly over a million units over the time period). However, if the Compact segment continues shrinking as it has been recently (down 6 percent in the first half of 2016), than the Mid-sized SUV sector will catch it sooner rather than later.
Jeep Grand Cherokee picked up sales despite entering its fifth year on the market (sales up 8 percent compared to first half of 2015), much like its Dodge Durango cousin (sales up 26 percent)
Honda Pilot, GMC Acadia and Mazda CX-9 all lost volume due to a model handover (sales were down 10, 22 and 60 percent, respectively), while sales of Chevy Traverse were 11 percent down in anticipation of the new model being revealed soon
The third-fastest growth in the segment came from Toyota 4Runner, at 18 percent, suggesting the model is attracting consumers wanting a traditional body-on-frame model, after Nissan X-Terra and Toyota FJ Cruiser exited the market
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