Rise of S.U.V.s: Leaving Cars in Their Dust, With No Signs of Slowing – ‘S.U.V.s made up 47.4% of U.S. sales in 2019 with sedans at 22.1%’
Trends come and go. Affordable big-screen TVs and craft beer are welcome to remain. Small-plate eating places and leisure fits? We’ll reside once they’re gone. Last 12 months within the United States, S.U.V.s outsold sedans two to at least one, a development years within the making that consultants count on will solely develop.
For almost 20 years, the Toyota Camry was the best-selling passenger car within the United States. (Pickup vans are a unique class and gross sales stratosphere, with the highest three slots going to Ford’s F-Series, Fiat Chrysler’s Ram and Chevrolet’s Silverado.) In 2019, Toyota’s RAV4 sport utility took the passenger crown with almost 450,000 bought, placing it in fourth place over all behind the pickups, in accordance with Car Sales Base. Next have been the Honda CR-V at over 384,000 gross sales; Nissan’s Rogue and Rogue Sport, combining for 350,500; and the Chevy Equinox at 346,000. The first sedan on the gross sales listing, the Camry, confirmed up at No. 8, simply shy of 337,000.
“S.U.V.s made up 47.4 percent of U.S. sales in 2019 with sedans at 22.1 percent,” mentioned Tom Libby, automotive analyst at IHS Markit. “By 2025, we see the light-truck segment that includes S.U.V.s, vans and pickups to make up 78 percent of sales compared to 72 percent now.”
The tipping level was not so way back. S.U.V.s outsold sedans for the primary time in 2015, Mr. Libby mentioned, and the market has rushed to sport utilities. Why the seismic shift? It comes right down to practicality, journey top, child boomers and, effectively, vainness.