The number of cars and pickup trucks sold in America each year is down by about 60 percent in the last decade.
But it’s the sales of SUVs that have really picked up, with a whopping 11,600 vehicles sold last year.
The SUVs represent a lot of the growth in sales in recent years, and they represent about a quarter of the overall sales in America, said Scott Taylor, a senior vice president at the Kelley Blue Book Automotive Research and Marketing Group.
SUVs are the fastest-growing segment in the American auto industry, Taylor said, with about 4.4 million units sold last fiscal year, and nearly 11,000 of those were sold in 2016.
They’re the new trend, Taylor added.
“You’ve got a lot more cars and trucks, they’re the hottest vehicles.
So, you’ve got this growing market, you’re seeing a lot less SUVs, and the market is very strong.”
The pickup truck segment, which includes SUVs and other heavy-duty vehicles, has also grown.
Taylor said in 2016, the top selling pickup truck models were the Ford F-150, Chevy Equinox, and Chevrolet Silverado.
Sales of pickups are on track to be about 40 percent higher than last year, Taylor estimated, with sales expected to hit a record in 2020.
Last year, sales of the popular Jeep Wrangler were down more than 35 percent from 2016.
But sales of pickups have been on a strong rise over the last year or two.
According to Taylor, pickup sales were up by about 15 percent in 2016 compared to the same time last year and Taylor said they’re on track for another record in 2019.
We’re seeing some very strong growth,” he said.
In the Jeep segment, Jeep’s popularity has soared.
Jaguar sales rose 15 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to the National Automobile Dealers Association.
It was also a strong year for the Chevrolet Cruze.
The Cruze sold over 13,000 vehicles in 2016 and was the top-selling pickup in America for the first time in nearly a decade.
Sales of the Cruze jumped 42 percent from the same year last year to 1,876,000.
Even though Jeep sales are growing, Taylor cautions that Jeep still isn’t at the same level as its competitors.”
It’s not as if you’re talking about the Chevy Silverado or the Dodge Dart.” “
It’s just that the sales are higher than Ford.
It’s not as if you’re talking about the Chevy Silverado or the Dodge Dart.”
That’s partly because Jeep doesn’t sell as many pickups.
As for the popularity of the Chevy Cruze, Taylor points out that the vehicle has been so successful for so long that it’s become synonymous with the brand.
When he first started working in sales, the Cruz had no dealership.
Now, there are more than 40 of them across the country, Taylor told the AP.
There’s also a lot that goes into the Chevrolet brand, including its reputation for quality, affordability, and performance, Taylor noted.
That all makes it a tough market for a brand that doesn’t get the same recognition as Ford or Jeep, Taylor explained.
If you look at the other brands, the Chevrolet brands are not going to win every single time.
For example, Ford’s reputation is the same, but they don’t have a reputation as a quality brand, and so you get a lot fewer sales, Taylor suggested.
And then there’s the Ford brand.
They’re not as well known as they used to be.
But the brand is very much recognized.
Taylor said if you look back to the mid-1990s, when the Chevy brand was still a very popular name, Ford was really the brand that was on everyone’s lips.
He said in the late ’90s, Ford had a lot to do with driving the Chevrolet sales, but then the company started to falter in the mid-’00s.
And we don’t know if we’re going to see a lot from Ford or whether we’re just going to have to wait until 2019.”