Minivan gross sales tumbled 16 % to solely 33,358 items in September 2017, the bottom whole for America’s people-carrier sector since January 2015.
Between the disappearance of two nameplates (Nissan Quest and Mazda 5), limitations on Dodge Grand Caravan gross sales throughout a interval of plant transition, and additional decreases from the growing old Kia Sedona and new Honda Odyssey, minivan quantity fell 6,460 items under September 2016’s whole and practically 11,000 items shy of September 2015’s tally, and greater than 10,000 items wanting 2017’s month-to-month common by way of the primary two-thirds of the 12 months.
A constructive spin is troublesome to search out.
By the primary eight months of 2017, minivans accounted for three.1 % of the brand new autos bought in America. However the sector’s market share took a deep dive to only 2.2 % in September. If ever there was an indication that the section wouldn’t get well, a 2 % market share tally can be it.
Only one decade in the past, minivans owned greater than 5 % of the U.S. auto market. Minivan market share nonetheless hovered round Four % half a decade in the past.
However 2 %?
Midsize pickup vans, which aren’t actually rising in any respect, collectively managed in September 2017 to outsell the minivan class by a 5-to-Four margin. (Minivans stay extra well-liked, year-to-date.) By itself, the Honda Civic outsold all the minivan section in September. The Toyota Camry did, as nicely. The Toyota RAV4? It earned 1.three gross sales for each 1 minivan. Ford pickup truck gross sales have been 2.5 occasions stronger than gross sales of all the minivan section: Pacifica, Grand Caravan, Odyssey, Sedona, Sienna, plus leftover City & Countrys, 5s, and Quests.
|Minivan||Sept. 2017||Sept. 2016||% Change||2017 YTD||2016 YTD||% Change|
|Dodge Grand Caravan||three,113||eight,179||-61.9%||107,592||102,732||Four.7%|
|Chrysler City & Nation||12||981||-98.eight%||557||57,926||-99.zero%|
Regardless of the Grand Caravan’s downturn, Fiat Chrysler Cars nonetheless owned 42 % of America’s minivan section in September, although that was down from 46 % a 12 months in the past. (FCA’s year-to-date minivan market share stands at 51 %.)
Like Honda, Kia, Mazda, Nissan, and Toyota, FCA minivan quantity has declined by way of the primary three-quarters of 2017. Because of this, the section is down 13 %, a lack of greater than 56,000 gross sales.
[Image: FCA; Chart: The Truth About Cars]
Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Fact About Automobiles and Autofocus.ca and the founder and former editor of GoodCarBadCar.web. Comply with on Twitter @timcaincars and Instagram.