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SUVs, Pickups Take U.S. Auto Sales Crown in First Half of 2017

SUVs, Pickups Take U.S. Auto Sales Crown in First Half of 2017

By Philly Murtha, August 01, 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.
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