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USA January 2017: SUVs outsell passenger cars in market down 1.7%

honda-cr-v-usa-december-2016-picture-courtesy-caranddriver-comThe CR-V is up 52% to #4 and #1 SUV in the U.S. in January. (picture

* See the Top 15 groups, Top 40 brands and Top 280 models by clicking on the title *

In January, U.S. new car sales feel the hungover of December sales artificially pushed by particularly generous incentives leading to a second straight all-time record year. Sales are down 1.8% to 1.143.549, January traditionally being the slowest month of the year here. The seasonally adjusted annualised sales rate (SAAR) remains solid though at 17.57 million vs. 17.87 million in January 2016 and 18.38 million last month but keeping in mind 2016 ended with an actual 17.55 million units. Trends observed last year accentuate in January: passenger cars freefall down 12% with midsize cars down 21%, minivans are down 35% but pickups gains 4% to 177.964 sales, SUVs are up 6% to 123.944 and crossovers up 11% to 351.338. Overall, light trucks are up 5.7% to 715.953 or 62.6% of the market vs. 60.7% over the Full Year 2016 which was a record, but light trucks frankly outselling passenger cars has become the routine. The new news is SUV/crossovers (475.282 vs 432.468 a year ago) now outsell passenger cars (427.596 vs. 487.011) is new news.

The Nissan Rogue shoots up 46% to #5 overall (picture 

General Motors (-4%), Ford Motor (-1%), FCA (-11%, its fifth consecutive decline), Toyota Motor (-11%) and Hyundai-Kia (-1%) all drop volumes year-on-year with only Nissan Motor and Honda Motor gaining ground, both at +6% on the back of record light truck sales and average incentives up 24% and 35% year-on-year respectively. In fact, if the industry average incentive per vehicle is down 3.3% on December to $3.635, it is in fact up a whopping 22% on January 2016… BMW leads the way with $6.016 worth of incentives per car on average (+44%), ahead of Daimler at $4.648 (+29%), GM at $4.504 (up a modest 10%), FCA at $4.408 (+14%), Nissan at $4.335 (+24%), Volkswagen Group at $4.117 (+31%) and Ford at $4.114 (+35%). Below average are Kia at $3.411 (+21%), Hyundai at $2.602 (+37%), Toyota at $2.538 (+21%), Honda at $2.231 (+34%) and Subaru at $1.120 (+97%). These figures sourced with ALG and quoted by Automotive News.

The RAV4 is Toyota’s best-seller for the second month running.

Brand-wise, Ford (-2%), Chevrolet (-2%) and Toyota (-6%) make the podium unchanged on December and FY2016 while Nissan (+4%) overtakes Honda (+8%) and Jeep struggles at -7% in 6th place. Hyundai (-1%) is back above Subaru (+7%) but in negative, Dodge (-17%) surges back up 5 spots on December to #9 with Ram up 15% to #10. Volkswagen (+17%), Mazda (+10%) and Audi (+14%) are the only other carmakers posting double-digit gains inside the Top 20, in the case of VW and Audi partly due to low bases a year ago in the wake on the company’s emissions scandal. Below, spectacular gains are reserved to luxury brands, such as Lincoln (+22%), Infiniti (+36%), Ferrari (+42%), Alfa Romeo (+59%), Maserati (+69%), Rolls-Royce (+70%), Tesla (+82%), Bentley (+83%) and Jaguar (+117%).

The Chevrolet Cruze hits its best U.S. ranking in over two years. 

In the models ranking, the Ford F-Series goes agains the grain and posts a stellar 13% increase to 57.995 sales, over 22.000 units above its archenemy the Chevrolet Silverado at 35.553 (-3%), now threatened by the Ram Pickup at 33.769 (+13%). For the second month running, the Top 5 is passenger car-free, with the Honda CR-V leaping up 52% to #4 thanks both e new generation and the Nissan Rogue endlessly impressive at +46% to 28.760 sales in 5th place. The Honda Civic tops passenger cars at #6 overall despite a 14% plunge, and the RAV4 is Toyota’s best-seller for the second consecutive month at 22.155, distancing the Corolla (21.567) and most strikingly the Camry (20.313) down 24% and awaiting the new generation with trepidation.

The Volvo V90 Cross Country somehow made its way to the U.S. ranking, but is yet to be officially available. 

The Chevrolet Cruze surges 39% to #11, its best U.S. ranking since November 2014, the Jeep Grand Cherokee is up 24% to #16, the Subaru Outback up 18% to #20, Hyundai Elantra up 33% to #21, Jeep Renegade up 52% to #30, GMC Acadia up 65% to #32, Hyundai Santa Fe up 54% to #39 and the Accent up 40% to #48. Among recent launches, the Chrysler Pacifica settles inside the Top 50 for the fourth time in the past five months, the Tesla Model X (#119) outsells the Model S (#135) for the first time, the Jaguar F-Pace improves 14 spots on December to a record #151 and the Chevrolet Bolt is up 49 ranks to #172. In January, we welcome the Kia Niro at #266 with 42 sales and the Volvo V90 at #276 with 4 units.

Previous post: USA Full Year 2016: Incentives lift market to second straight record

Previous month: USA December 2016: Nissan Rogue shoots up 53% to 4th overall

One year ago: USA January 2016: SAAR up to 17.55m units despite snowstorms

Full January 2017 Top 15 groups, Top 40 brands and Top 280 models below.

USA January 2017 – groups:

1General Motors195,909-4%1
2Ford Motor Co171,186-1%3
3Fiat Chrysler Automobiles152,218-11%4
4Toyota Motor Corporation143,048-11%2
5Nissan North America112,3196%6
6American Honda106,3896%5
9Volkswagen Group41,07413%8
10Daimler AG27,9003%11
12BMW Group21,2190%10
13Jaguar Land Rover9,10230%13
15Volvo Cars NA3,472-18%14

USA January 2017 – brands:

26Land Rover6,1639%26
38Rolls Royce11970%40
39Alfa Romeo10859%41

USA January 2017 – models:

1Ford F-Series57,99513%1
2Chevrolet Silverado35,553-6%2
3Ram Pick-up33,76913%3
4Honda CR-V29,28752%5
5Nissan Rogue28,76046%4
6Honda Civic23,095-14%9
7Toyota RAV422,1553%6
8Toyota Corolla21,567-4%10
9Ford Escape20,5887%12
10Toyota Camry20,313-24%8
11Chevrolet Cruze19,94939%24
12Honda Accord19,536-6%7
13Nissan Altima18,931-15%14
14Ford Explorer17,6506%18
15Chevrolet Equinox17,574-5%11
16Jeep Grand Cherokee17,30124%16
17Ford Fusion15,515-22%21
18GMC Sierra13,732-5%15
19Nissan Sentra13,444-17%25
20Subaru Outback13,18618%19
21Hyundai Elantra13,18533%20
22Subaru Forester12,8538%22
23Toyota Highlander12,65612%13
24Dodge Journey12,6369%51
25Jeep Cherokee12,551-25%26
26Toyota Tacoma12,509-2%23
27Jeep Wrangler11,3343%28
28Dodge Grand Caravan10,770-2%78
29Ford Focus9,577-26%49
30Jeep Renegade9,36552%37
31Ford Edge9,091-5%32
32GMC Acadia8,89965%35
33Nissan Versa8,87011%57
34Toyota 4Runner8,69916%42
35Chevrolet Malibu8,377-43%17
36Chevrolet Traverse8,21817%47
37Mazda CX-58,06814%38
38Hyundai Sonata7,894-48%27
39Hyundai Santa Fe7,88954%44
40Kia Optima7,849-7%33
41Kia Soul7,792-15%34
42Ford Transit7,770-19%31
43Toyota Sienna7,285-34%43
44Nissan Pathfinder7,28113%54
45Subaru Impreza7,2478%60
46Honda Pilot7,180-16%36
47Dodge Charger7,153-18%74
48Hyundai Accent7,06240%112
49VW Jetta6,846-16%30
50Chrysler Pacifica6,67017003%48
51Toyota Tundra6,628-8%41
53Subaru Crosstrek6,5071%50
54Honda Odyssey6,500-10%46
55Mercedes C Class6,45327%72
56Chevrolet Colorado6,41316%52
57Kia Forte6,26718%68
58GMC Terrain6,241-29%69
59Kia Sorento6,179-8%40
60Chevrolet Impala5,972-40%45
61Toyota Prius5,919-3%53
62VW Passat5,88764%73
63Chevrolet Tahoe5,881-5%39
64VW Golf5,76644%56
65Hyundai Tucson5,74810%58
66Honda HR-V5,68936%55
67Chevrolet Suburban5,63472%67
68Lexus RX5,520-21%29
69Buick Encore5,2587%66
70Chevrolet Trax5,25740%61
71Ford Mustang5,046-33%75
72Chrysler 3004,7082%126
73Dodge Durango4,707-23%90
74Jeep Patriot4,700-43%64
75Kia Sportage4,623-4%85
76Nissan Murano4,363-21%63
77Chevrolet Express4,32248%65
78Mercedes E/CLS Class4,15566%101
79Ford Expedition4,06442%96
80BMW 3 Series4,03223%77
81Mercedes GLE3,97013%93
82Cadillac XT53,883new70
83Subaru Legacy3,882-13%87
84Nissan Frontier3,857-39%86
85Nissan Maxima3,738-15%95
86Audi Q53,63635%79
87Chevrolet Camaro3,588-35%76
88Ford Fiesta3,57540%121
89VW Tiguan3,51639%92
90Dodge Challenger3,393-40%97
91Ford Taurus3,365-6%113
92Ram ProMaster3,35143%103
94Ford E-Series3,29011%102
95Toyota Yaris3,281499%209
96BMW X53,27627%82
97Acura MDX3,274-8%83
98Infiniti Q503,20610%91
99Acura RDX3,2023%88
100Jeep Compass3,164-49%62
101BMW X33,15458%99
102GMC Yukon3,08020%81
103Honda Fit3,078-1%106
104Mercedes GLC3,06511%116
105Lexus NX2,964-5%71
106Lincoln MKX2,92843%127
107Nissan Titan2,768195%107
108Buick Enclave2,692-27%120
109Honda Ridgeline2,681133950%114
110Toyota Avalon2,503-30%98
111Hyundai Veloster2,43821%140
112Audi Q72,4113%130
113BMW X12,35121%111
114Mercedes GLS2,33630%131
115Cadillac Escalade2,19710%94
116Infiniti QX602,189-8%100
117Buick Envision2,187new117
118Lexus ES2,171-36%84
119Tesla Model X2,100500%150
120Ford Transit Connect2,098-38%104
121Chevrolet Sonic2,095-43%80
122Lincoln MKZ2,0907%141
123GMC Yukon XL2,0784%89
124GMC Canyon2,059-9%115
125Mercedes Sprinter/Metris2,0498%118
126Mercedes GLA2,007-34%148
127Mitsubishi Outlander Sport1,990-11%144
128Mini Cooper1,987-27%119
129Porsche Macan1,96033%167
130Audi A41,95933%108
131BMW 4 Series1,9446%124
132Range Rover Sport1,91841%136
133Nissan Armada1,908147%145
134Acura TLX1,903-15%125
135Tesla Model S1,9003%147
136Nissan Quest1,87832%207
137Chrysler 2001,861-64%142
138Cadillac XTS1,8492%132
139Range Rover1,83324%152
140Ford Flex1,831-8%133
141Audi A31,806-16%134
142Infiniti QX801,74950%159
143Chevrolet Spark1,69551%110
144Mitsubishi Outlander1,6889%146
145Lincoln MKC1,66816%137
146Chevrolet Volt1,61162%122
147Mazda CX-91,591211%143
148Volvo XC901,556-34%129
149Kia Sedona1,538-23%156
150Mitsubishi Lancer1,468-4%201
151Jaguar F-Pace1,458new165
152Lexus IS1,423-35%105
153Lexus GX1,418-12%128
154Mercedes CLA Class1,405-56%163
155Dodge Dart1,397-73%176
156Land Rover Discovery Sport1,36932%169
157Genesis G801,350new180
158Porsche Cayenne1,350-3%193
159Mitsubishi Mirage1,31136%174
160Buick LaCrosse1,307-68%135
161Nissan Juke1,304-14%186
162Nissan NV2001,264-1%175
163Chevrolet Corvette1,263-16%139
164GMC Savana1,235-18%109
165Nissan NV1,234-4%161
166Fiat 5001,2181%178
167Mercedes S Class1,212-5%177
168Infiniti QX501,20621%157
169Mazda CX-31,184-14%170
170Audi Q31,18131%155
171Lincoln Continental1,167new164
172Chevrolet Bolt1,162new221
173Infiniti QX301,158new211
174Toyota Sequoia1,14635%173
175Toyota Prius C1,143-35%171
176Mini Countryman1,122123%202
177VW Beetle1,08115%172
178Audi A61,00820%158
179Kia Rio986-31%188
180Cadillac ATS974-9%149
181Buick Regal951-64%184
182Ford C-Max946-4%151
183Mazda MX-5 Miata92966%212
184Ram ProMaster City925-20%181
185Range Rover Evoque916-2%187
186Infiniti QX7084293%194
187Porsche 91181413%214
188Volvo XC60804-7%138
189Nissan Leaf7722%162
190Toyota Prius V767-36%179
191BMW 5 Series749-80%153
192Infiniti Q60732455%199
193Acura ILX693-44%196
194Jaguar XE693new190
195Cadillac CTS691-32%168
196BMW 2 Series658-7%195
197Lincoln Navigator652-7%192
198Cadillac CT6634new185
199Volvo S6061124%154
200Fiat 500X600-42%203
201BMW 7 Series545-36%183
202Lexus LX534-9%204
203Chevrolet City Express482-32%213
204Infiniti Q70476-3%220
205Toyota 86474-7%223
206Genesis G90468new236
207Lexus RC447-41%197
208BMW X642911%206
209Audi A7414-4%205
210Buick Verano410-86%198
211Lexus CT393-37%200
212BMW i3382110%208
213Maserati Levante379new218
214Maserati Ghibli3569%210
215Jaguar F-Type330-1%233
216Nissan 370Z324-9%238
217Smart Fortwo324-19%189
218Mercedes G Class322-5%227
219Kia Cadenza316-16%229
220Buick Cascada312255%216
221Audi A5304-41%219
222Jaguar XF290-60%225
223Lexus LS280-29%217
224Hyundai Azera278-32%234
225Porsche Cayman27747%247
226Toyota Land Cruiser2720%226
227Lincoln MKT260-49%215
228BMW 6 Series25839%239
229Audi A8254-26%224
230Volvo V6024811%222
231VW Touareg247-30%232
232Fiat 124 Spider240new244
233Mercedes SLC236-11%240
234Mercedes SL Class2328%241
235Volvo S90224new191
236BMW X4211-19%231
237Subaru BRZ204-43%249
238Hyundai Genesis186-90%230
239Jaguar XJ168-42%228
240VW CC167-56%237
241Porsche Boxster166-32%253
242Audi TT1635%243
243Chrysler Town & Country138-99%242
244Land Rover LR4127-85%235
245Maserati Quattroporte122-5%250
246Fiat 500L106-71%261
247Honda CR-Z89-54%252
248Toyota Mirai83219%259
249Mercedes AMG GT81-35%262
250Acura RLX80-18%251
251Scion tC72-90%260
252Alfa Romeo Giulia70new273
253Bentley Bentayga70new245
254BMW Z47067%266
255Cadillac SRX67-99%256
256Audi R865491%264
257Nissan GT-R65-2%270
258Chevrolet SS64-27%263
259Chevrolet Caprice PPV60186%257
260Bentley Continental GT5675%258
261Dodge Viper5389%268
262Mercedes B Class53-9%269
263Acura NSX50new267
264BMW i85056%255
265Honda FCX42new278
266Kia Niro42new
267Alfa Romeo 4C38-43%274
268Porsche Panamera35-90%271
269Kia K90034-50%265
270Maserati GranTurismo32-55%254
271Volvo XC7024-90%246
272Lincoln MKS20-96%248
273Bentley Flying Spur19-59%272
274Hyundai Equus5-97%277
275Toyota Venza4-98%282
276Volvo V904new
277Bentley Mulsanne30%276
278Cadillac ELR3-96%279
280Honda Insight1-95%284
281Mini Paceman1-88%283
282Volvo S801-98%275

Source: Manufacturers, ANDC, GCBC

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  1. Not only that, but attempts to establish the Fiat brand in the US just haven’t flown, maybe because, apart from the 124, which is niche-only, there is nothing at Fiat that the Americans want or need, and they don’t seem to actually know what they are doing with Chrysler and Dodge.

    1. I understand Americans buying 500 as an alternative to the expensive Mini.
      But what’s the point of a 500L? I’d see a chance for the 500X, though.
      I’d absolutely purchase a 124 if I could afford a third car.
      And I wonder: could the Fiat Tipo/Aegea replace the Dart (under the Dodge brand, of course)?

      1. By the way, Matt: what are your thoughts about PSA merging with Opel-Vauxhall?
        In my opinion, it’s no sense: Peugeot and Citroen will depend even more on the UE market, whereas they should expand the business in China-South East Asia and America, both US and South: Just as Renault did merging with Nissan.

    1. Unbelievable, Chrysler #18 under VW, Kia… does Fiat have a plan to refloating this brand? or will the Pacifica be transferred to Dodge’s range so that Chrysler is cannibalized by her sister brand??

      1. To be honest with you Javier, I have been having doubts about Sergio Marchione’s ability to nurture the brands in its portfolio for a while now.
        Fiat doesn’t have a history of knowing how to reinject brands with core ADN and healthy blood. See Autobianchi, and now Lancia… Alfa Romeo is only surviving. If we look beyond Jeep and Ram, the landscape is cloudy. Dodge is only doing ok, and Chrysler is imploding. I am not impressed either.

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