Sales in the largest of all segments, the compact SUV segment (2,379,590 sales YTD), grew by 4% in the third quarter, a better pace than the 1% registered in the second quarter, but some way off all the other SUV segments. Still, this still means that the segment grew by 4% YTD compared to a 3% decline for the market as a whole, as one would expect given the continued shift towards crossovers among the buying public. And with a ton of new models in the market (Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Equinox, Mazda CX-5, Jeep Compass, Kia Niro, GMC Terrain, Subaru XV Crosstrek, VW Tiguan L) it is reasonable to expect the segments dominance will continue for a long time.
Highlights for Q3 2017:
Toyota RAV4 is back as the segment leader, demoting Nissan Rogue to second spot, thanks to a remarkable surge in the third quarter (sales up 35%), which is made all the more remarkable that it outsold the new Honda CR-V in the process
The Honda, incidentally, seems to be struggling to get its sales going, with Q3 sales down 9% compared to last year, as it lingers in third place in 2017, whereas it was the (narrow) sales leader at this time last year
Chevy Equinox is a new car that hit the ground running, with sales up 51% in the third quarter, allowing it to outsell the fourth-placed Ford Escape over this time period, something it only managed once before; it may yet catch the Ford by the time the year is over
The 2% fall in YTD sales of the GMC Terrain masks a 15% rise in sales in Q3’17, as the new model hits the forecourts, much as the 23% YTD fall in the sales of Jeep Compass mask a 26% upturn for the new model in Q3’17
Also somewhat surprisingly for such a quickly-growing segment, quite a few models recorded a big drop in sales: the less-than-two-year-old Kia Sportage is down 12% YTD, a stark contrast with its successful Tucson cousin, sales of Jeep Cherokee keep falling quickly, the still-on-sale VW Tiguan is clearly suffering from the introduction of the new Tiguan L, while the soon-to-be-discontinued Jeep Patriot sees its sales plummet by 61%
At the very back we see the new entrants: the only dedicated hybrid that can be classified as a compact SUV, Kia Niro, and the new VW Tiguan L, whose sales may soon better the heights reached by its predecessor, though it has to be said that model was never a bit-seller in this sector
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