Sales in the Large Commercial Vans segment rose by 15 percent in Q3 to 89,788 vehicles. This continues a good trend for the segment, whose sales have increased by 18 percent so far this year, and comes at a clear expense of the Small Commercial Vans segment, which barely grew over the same time period.
Highlights for Q1-Q3 2016:
Sales of the segment-dominating Ford Transit rose by a further 20 percent in Q3 2016, further cementing its crown as the king of the new era of cargo vans in the US.
Interestingly, two dinosaurs from the previous era, Chevrolet Express and Ford E-series, are still holding on in the top-3, despite predictions of their imminent demise a few years back.
GMC Savana, a twin-dinosaur to the Express, is also holding in there, though it will probably be passed by Nissan NV by the end of the year.
Sales of the mid-sized Mercedes-Benz Metris has so far failed to get off the ground, with an average of less than 500 sales a month – it seems the model’s smaller-than-large size and larger-than-small price is a “lose-lose” proposition to most business owners.
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