The segment grows slowly thanks to a halt in the small vans sales decline
Overall sales of Commercial Vans in the US recovered a bit in the third quarter, with sales of large vans growing by 2%, and sales of small vans not changing much compared to Q3’16. This is a big improvement especially for the latter subsegment, which saw double-digit declines in the first two quarters. Still, because of this decline earlier in the year the overall segment is down 2% on where it was this time last year, with large vans up 1% and small vans down 13% YTD.
Highlights for Q3 2017:
Ford will not be happy about its models’ performance so far this year – both the Transit, which leads the large vans subsegment, and the Transit Connect, which leads the small vans subsegment, saw their sales fall by double-digits once again in the third quarter, making them the models with the biggest sales drop
Other than GMC’s golden oldie, the standout performances in Q3’17 came from Chevrolet City Express, whose sales doubled compared to this time last year, and from the Mercedes-Benz Metris, which finally saw some good growth with sales up 33% in the third quarter
Finally, the continued growth of the Ram ProMaster bares pointing out, as the Fiat-sourced model has established itself as the clear no. 2 among the modern large vans in 2017, putting clear air between itself and FCA’s erstwhile North American offering, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter (which until 2010 it sold as the Ram Sprinter)
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