The big news on top of the ranking is the first-ever top-10 appearance of the Jeep Wrangler, jumping to 6th place and fewer than 100 sales behind the fifth-placed Toyota Camry. The new JL generation has truly struck a chord with enthousiasts and is the brand’s best seller for the first time since August 2016. The Wrangler also hits a monthly volume record for the nameplate at nearly 30,000 sales.
The Toyota RAV4 is once again the best selling non-pickup in the United States as the Nissan Rogue drops out of the top-10 in April but remains ahead year-to-date.
The Chevrolet Equinox is the second-biggest winner in the top-10 with a gain of 35.7%, outselling the Rogue and fewer than 300 sales behind the Honda CR-V.
This means only three nameplates in the top-10 are sedans: the #5 Toyota Camry, #7 Honda Civic and #10 Toyota Corolla. In fact, the Honda Accord at #12 makes it just four sedans in the top-16, putting Ford’s decision to quit their car line-up in perspective.
Top 11-50 highlights
Big winner in the top-50 is the new generation Jeep Compass (#33, +227.3%), more than tripling its sales of last year and even when including the Patriot in last year’s tally, the Compass would be up 36% compared to the two nameplates in April 2017.
The Subaru Crosstrek (#28, +69.9%) is up nearly 70% thanks to the new generation and closes in on the brand’s traditional best sellers Outback (#21, -2.7%) and Forester (#23, -7.3%).
After struggling in the first quarter and making us believe the brand is finally moving on from one of its worst offerings in its current line-up (forgetting about the Grand Caravan for the sake of argument), the Dodge Journey (#32, +38.5%) is back! It even has its highest volume of the last 12 months. Maybe a last twitch before it’s finally killed? Or a large fleet delivery? There can’t be another logical reason. The Grand Caravan (#31, +21%) is up as well by the way, which means these two oldies account for 57% of Dodge brand sales this month.
The Chevrolet Colorado (#27, +33.9%) is estimated to improve its sales by more than a third after declining in each of the first three months of the year.
The Chevrolet Impala (#66) is estimated to almost double up with a gain of 86.9%, which would be its first year-over-year improvement in five months and also allow it to pass the Nissan Maxima (#136) in the year-to-date ranking, as sales of the latter plummet by 62,3% to drop it out of the top-100.
The Mercedes-Benz GLC (including the Coupe, #69, +77.1%) continues its strong form this year with its fourth increase of 60% or better in as many months. While the GLC is outsold this month by the Cadillac XT5 (#65, +9.4%), the German crossover is still ahead of its American rival in the year-to-date ranking.
BMW also benefits from its crossovers with both the X3 (#93, +20.6%) and X5 (#95, +11.8%) showing double digit increases.
The Chevrolet Camaro (#99, -61.8%) struggles as the updated version is due to arrive in showrooms, and the same can be said of the Volkswagen Jetta (#81, -54.1%).
Volkswagen is in trouble with its car line-up with both the Golf (#78, -35.1%) and Passat (#85, -34.2%) down by more than a third, but the brand makes this up with its crossovers, which now account for nearly 50% of its US sales.
The Audi A5 (#133, +115.4%) more than doubles up thanks to the redesigned version, and the Lexus LS (#191, +239.8%) even more than triples up for the same reason.
The Land Rover Discovery (#212, +1871%) had its worst month exactly one year ago as it switched to the new generation so its performance is artificially boosted.
GM’s largest SUVs Chevrolet Suburban (#80, +38.4%), GMC Yukon XL (#105, +53.1%) and Cadillac Escalade ESV (#170, +22.1%) are estimated to have had a strong month of sales, stronger than their short versions Tahoe (#56, +3.4%), Yukon (#114, -5.5%) and Escalade (#152,+19.3%). This would be the first time since 2013 that the Yukon XL outsells the short wheelbase version. Their recently renewed rival Ford Expedition (#88, -22.3%) suffers its first decline in five months. The Lincoln Navigator (#159, +122.4%) continues its strong form.
Despite the new generation, the Hyundai Accent (#116, -59.5%) is down by more than half again. Its sibling Kia Rio (#142, +34.2%) does manage to improve its sales thanks to the redesigned version.
The Mercedes-Benz GLA (#139, +50.2%) improves more than the Audi Q3 (#138, +33.6%) but is still outsold for the month. The GLA is ahead in the year-to-date ranking, but both are beat by the BMW X1 (#122, +33.6%). Mercedes’ small sedan CLA (#144, +79%) also has an excellent month and distances the Audi A3 (#157, -24.3%).
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