SUVs, Pickups Take U.S. Auto Sales Crown in First Half of 2017
Trucks, including SUVs and pickups, were most in demand in the first half of 2017, accounting for 63.7% of new light-vehicle deliveries in the United States. On the flip side, passenger-car sales share slumped to 36.3%, according to sales data compiled by J.D. Power and auto forecasting partner LMC Automotive.
Among the light-truck entries, three large pickup models dominated, with the Ford F-Series remaining America’s best-selling vehicle overall. The Chevrolet Silverado and Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s Ram 1500/Heavy Duty trucks were second and third, respectively.
Three compact SUV models were next in the first-half’s top 10. Making a huge leap to fourth overall was the Nissan Rogue with 195,220 unit sales, making the compact crossover the best-selling SUV in the U.S. market for the first 6 months of 2017. The Honda CR-V and Toyota RAV4 were fifth and sixth on the sales list, respectively.
Four passenger-car models rounded out the top 10 best sellers so far this year. The Toyota Camry midsize sedan maintained its best-selling car status, ranking seventh overall, followed by its stablemate Toyota Corolla compact. Honda’s Civic compact and Accord midsize sedan completed the best-seller list.
Among vehicle segments, SUVs reported the best first-half gains—up 10.3% or 186,600 units from a year ago. Compact SUVs captured 15% of the market, up 1.7% from 13.3% in the year-ago period. Large pickups ended the first half with a 13.1% share (+0.8%). Ford’s F-Series tallied 37.8% of the 1.1 million large pickup deliveries in the first half. Nissan also gained momentum with its redone Titan and Titan XD adding 17,000+ unit sales during the first half.
Car models continued to lose ground in the first half with the bread-and-butter Midsize Car segment losing 201,400 unit sales, or 2 points of share, to end the period with 10.8% of the market, though the Camry and Accord remained among the top 10 overall.
On a brighter note, market share for the eight premium vehicle segments improved to 11.9% in the first half despite a slight 0.1% slip in sales from a year ago. Two SUV and two car models were among premium best sellers. The Lexus RX Series was the best-selling luxury model, followed by the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Cadillac XT5, and the BMW 3 Series, respectively.