• SUVs and Crossovers Pass Sedans In Sales


    • Not Surprising, SUVs and Crossovers Pass Sedans In Sales

    Congratulations America. It seems we now buy more SUVs and crossovers than sedans according to a new study from IHS Automotive. Through May of 2014, IHS says that SUVs and CUVs account for 36.5 percent of new car registrations, compared to the 35.4 percent of registrations for sedans. This is a reversal from five years ago where sedans stood at 36.3 percent of registrations, compared to the 31.4 percent for SUVs and crossovers.

    “It’s not that sedans have become unpopular. It’s just that CUVs have really grown. They drive like cars, but they have higher positioning, the option for four-wheel drive and better fuel economy. There’s more space for seating. It’s easy to see why they’ve taken off in popularity,” said Tom Libby, analyst for IHS Automotive.

    The one thing we wished the study showed is the breakdown in registration percentages if SUVs and crossovers were separated. Otherwise, the results don't come as surprise.

    Source: Bloomberg

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

    0




    User Feedback


    The issue boils down to useability.

    The SUVs and CUVs, we used to call them station wagons, have greater capabilities and

    flexibility of usage than the current crop of sedans, I believe due to downsizing.

    People have not gotten smaller! They need the space these types of vehicles provide.

    Then too, in the event of an accident there is the issue of mass --- more metal to crunch instead

    of bones --- that is the perception, regardless of the level of crush sophistication in the cars design.

    Buyers today are not as technically astute as they were years ago, before cars became another

    appliance commodity. Ignorance plays a role in allowing the manufacturers to sway opinion, over reality and facts!

    The other major factor is politics. In their ignorance of the machine, the buyers have allowed the

    politician to interfere in the design criteria and a belief that protection is better than avoidance.

     

    As cars have become more common as a necessity, driver skills have gone down. This is why there has been the cry for "more protection" from some. Ralph Nader led this charge years ago.

    Many drivers today are more interested in the entertainment attachments than the internal mechanicals of their car. Some don't even know how to do checking of fluids or minor maintainence.

    0

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    I love my Full Size SUV's and will never be a full time real car user.

     

    Sadly I exect Sierra club and the rest of all the tree hugging nazi's to attack the CUV's / SUV's saying people do not need them. I just hope the public does not give into these home grown terrorist.

    -2

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    Actually, I love nature and I love machines. My real goal would be for us to have alternative fuels so that our great grand children can enjoy an escalade if they wish to.

    That being said, people love the room and seating position of cuv type vehicles. Americans have not gotten any smaller!

    0

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    SUV's and CUV's aren't rally the same thing. A lot of CUV buyers would NEVER purchase an SUV. They shouldn't lump the numbers together.

    2

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    SUV's and CUV's aren't rally the same thing. A lot of CUV buyers would NEVER purchase an SUV. They shouldn't lump the numbers together.

    I would love to see the break out plus the break out of HD versions of trucks versus non HD versions as with 2wd versus 4x4. It would really be interesting to see the real numbers of what is selling.

    0

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    See ! ----

    Not one blog yet about the technical aspects of these two types of vehicles.

    Nobody has even mentioned towing!

    How do all those boats and ATVs get around?

    Maybe those folks don't look at this website ???

    0

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    my parents live a town that is a decent easy part drive from Canada and its a large enough town where the Canucks come down and shop the malls etc. very often.

     

    When i went to visit them recently, i went to the mall and i saw two Manitoba Trax within a few minutes.  Cute lil thing!  I can bet you the Trax will do well.  I saw an Orlando too that day and be glad that Chevy did not bring that turd down to the US.......

     

    I think sedans would do better if they made them more spacious!  For example two cars I tested out this weekend, A passat and Legacy, both have good passenger space but not real good trunk space.  I could see bypassing them for a CUV for family use.

     

    One car that gets ripped is the Taurus, but to me it's a great family car.  Spacious inside even if they say the leg room isn't the best, an adult can still sit back there.  Big thing is the 20 cubic foot trunk is in fact a genuine legitimate competitor for a CUV trunk as it is tall deep and wide.  You can pack a second level of bags and such and you could probably even get a bike back there.  trunk sizes are still pretty small even on many of the larger sedans.

    0

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites

    All of the lower MPG vehicles until the next fuel price shock....which may be severe.

    Agreed.  If we had gas at $6 a gallon, let alone the $8-9 per gallon they have in Europe, sedans and station wagons with 4 cylinder diesels would take over.  $3.80 a gallon is relatively cheap and the car companies market the crossovers.

     

    I'll take a sedan any day and take the better handling, I could drive a coupe every day if I wanted, but there wasn't a coupe I liked that I could afford.   I did see a Jaguar F-type on the road today, looked absolutely epic and sounded even better.  I wouldn't mind driving that every day.

    0

    Share this comment


    Link to comment
    Share on other sites


    Your content will need to be approved by a moderator

    Guest
    You are commenting as a guest. If you have an account, please sign in.
    Add a comment...

    ×   You have pasted content with formatting.   Remove formatting

      Only 75 emoticons maximum are allowed.

    ×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

    ×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor




  • Popular Stories

  • Today's Birthdays

    1. bcs296
      bcs296
      (29 years old)
    2. jcgable
      jcgable
      (30 years old)
  • Similar Content

    • By William Maley
      Smart already finds itself in a small niche by selling small city cars in North America, but a new letter reveals that the brand will be entering an even smaller one.
      Automotive News obtained a letter from Dietmar Exler, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA which says the brand will cease sales of gas-powered models by the end of this year, becoming an electric-only brand.
      “Developments within the micro-car segment present some challenges for the current Smart product portfolio. Therefore, with the launch of the fourth-generation Smart ForTwo electric drive this summer, the Smart lineup will consist exclusively of the zero-emissions Smart electric-drive coupe and cabrio in the U.S. and Canada,” Exler said in the letter. 
      Mercedes-Benz spokesman Rob Moran tells Automotive News the plan at the moment is to stop production of the gas model for North American in April and continue sales until all of the models are gone.
      Smart has never done well in the U.S. Their best year was in 2014 with 10,453 models sold. Since then, sales have been steadily declining thanks to low gas prices and consumers going towards crossovers. In 2016, Smart only sold 6,211 models.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

      View full article
    • By William Maley
      Smart already finds itself in a small niche by selling small city cars in North America, but a new letter reveals that the brand will be entering an even smaller one.
      Automotive News obtained a letter from Dietmar Exler, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA which says the brand will cease sales of gas-powered models by the end of this year, becoming an electric-only brand.
      “Developments within the micro-car segment present some challenges for the current Smart product portfolio. Therefore, with the launch of the fourth-generation Smart ForTwo electric drive this summer, the Smart lineup will consist exclusively of the zero-emissions Smart electric-drive coupe and cabrio in the U.S. and Canada,” Exler said in the letter. 
      Mercedes-Benz spokesman Rob Moran tells Automotive News the plan at the moment is to stop production of the gas model for North American in April and continue sales until all of the models are gone.
      Smart has never done well in the U.S. Their best year was in 2014 with 10,453 models sold. Since then, sales have been steadily declining thanks to low gas prices and consumers going towards crossovers. In 2016, Smart only sold 6,211 models.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
    • By William Maley
      Hatchbacks have never sold well in the U.S., but that could be changing thanks to new entrants and hotted-up models. According to a forecast done by IHS Markit, sales of hatchbacks are projected climb 19 percent this year. By 2020, the firm projects sales of 567,000 hatchbacks. What has changed?
      Some of this comes down to hatchbacks finding a niche market. Michelle Malcho, spokeswoman for Chevy cars and crossovers tells The Detroit News that active, urban buyers who are wanting a bit more functionality with their vehicle are turning to hatchbacks.
      “I think the U.S. likes the functional thought. The hatch for some people offers that without stepping up to that next level ... It really does fit what you need to do on a daily basis,” said Malcho.
      Helping out are new models and hotted-up versions. The Chevrolet Cruze hatchback made up 10 percent of the model's total sales in January. Over at Ford, the sales of hotted-up versions of the Fiesta and Focus grew 21 percent last year.
      But Stephanie Brinley, senior analyst with IHS Automotive cautions this will only cause a slight spur some growth in the compact class.
      “Hatchback sales have not traditionally been good in the U.S. It’s a relatively small opportunity ... they should help stem the losses in the (small car) segment,” said Brinley.
      “The cars are just so much better than they were, and it’s no longer a penalty (to drive a hatchback). It’s taking a while, but people are starting to understand.”
      Source: The Detroit News

      View full article
    • By William Maley
      Hatchbacks have never sold well in the U.S., but that could be changing thanks to new entrants and hotted-up models. According to a forecast done by IHS Markit, sales of hatchbacks are projected climb 19 percent this year. By 2020, the firm projects sales of 567,000 hatchbacks. What has changed?
      Some of this comes down to hatchbacks finding a niche market. Michelle Malcho, spokeswoman for Chevy cars and crossovers tells The Detroit News that active, urban buyers who are wanting a bit more functionality with their vehicle are turning to hatchbacks.
      “I think the U.S. likes the functional thought. The hatch for some people offers that without stepping up to that next level ... It really does fit what you need to do on a daily basis,” said Malcho.
      Helping out are new models and hotted-up versions. The Chevrolet Cruze hatchback made up 10 percent of the model's total sales in January. Over at Ford, the sales of hotted-up versions of the Fiesta and Focus grew 21 percent last year.
      But Stephanie Brinley, senior analyst with IHS Automotive cautions this will only cause a slight spur some growth in the compact class.
      “Hatchback sales have not traditionally been good in the U.S. It’s a relatively small opportunity ... they should help stem the losses in the (small car) segment,” said Brinley.
      “The cars are just so much better than they were, and it’s no longer a penalty (to drive a hatchback). It’s taking a while, but people are starting to understand.”
      Source: The Detroit News
    • By William Maley
      As Volvo finishes up the launch of their 90 series lineup, the company's focus will turn to the 40 series lineup. Speaking with Autocar, Volvo's R&D boss Henrik Green revealed the XC40 compact crossover will launch this fall. The model is expected to look somewhat similar to the Concept 40.1 shown last year and utilize the all new CMA platform that was jointly worked on by Volvo and their parent company, Geely. 
      Down the road, Volvo plans on launching other versions of the 40 Series such as a hatchback. 
      Also launching this year is the second-generation XC60. This is an important model for Volvo as it is their most popular model.
      “The XC60 is our biggest-volume car that sells broadly in Europe, China and America. It brings significant profits so is crucial in many aspects. [The new model is] a fantastic car, a big step forward,” said Green.
      Source: Autocar

      View full article
  • Recent Status Updates

    • Drew Dowdell

      I have one co-worker who has been a thorn in my side for the past 6 months.... but I have to admit that when I need something done that is in his area of expertise, he goes after it like an angry rabid chihuahua and gets it done.
      · 0 replies
    • Drew Dowdell

      Me: I'll take "Shopping" for $800.
      Alex:"This shopping location is popular on Sundays for groups of gay couples, families with small children, and college kids with parents in tow to gather."
      · 3 replies
    • Drew Dowdell

      @gmc Sierra Denali with manufacturer plates and a never used snow plow. Wonder what's going on here.
      · 2 replies
  • Who's Online (See full list)

    There are no registered users currently online