Sales of Small Cargo Vans in the US rose by 11% in Q1 2016 to 22,585 vehicles, a faster rate of growth than the market overall, but considerably slower than the 28% recorded by the Large Cargo Van segment. In fact, there is a sense that the smaller segment may be loosing out the short term battle, as customers take advantage of lower fuel costs and move to the new, and super-popular Ford Transit.
Highlights in Q1 2016:
Ford Transit Connect lost 11% of its sales compared to Q1 2015, though it still sold nearly twice as many units as the second-placed Nissan NV200 (sales up 38%)
Ram ProMaster City technically registered a 529% growth in sales compared to Q1 2015, but that was the first quarter it was available on the market; more telling is the fact that it lost 20% of sales compared to Q4 2015, at the same time as the NV200 gained 22%
What makes matters even worse for Ram is that this fall in ProMaster City‘s sales comes at the same time as sales of the Cargo Van have finally ceased
Chevy City Express gained sales at an almost identical pace as the car it’s based on (Nissan NV200), though it is destined to remain in last place for a while now that the Ram Cargo Van is no longer on sale
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