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Sedan Dethroned as Most Popular Body Style in America


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Just the Facts:
  • SUVs and crossover vehicles have overtaken sedans as the most popular vehicle body style in the U.S.
  • SUVs and crossovers now account for 36.5 percent of the new vehicle market versus 35.4 percent for sedans, according to analysis of new vehicle retail registrations by IHS Automotive.
  • The Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Jeep Cherokee and Nissan Rogue are credited with being "key" drivers in the growth of the SUV and crossover segment.

SOUTHFIELD, Michigan — SUVs and crossover vehicles have overtaken sedans as the most popular vehicle body style in the U.S., a study released on Wednesday said.

SUVs and crossovers now account for 36.5 percent of the new vehicle market versus 35.4 percent for sedans, according to analysis of new vehicle retail registrations by IHS Automotive.

The Chevrolet Tahoe, GMC Yukon, Jeep Cherokee and Nissan Rogue are credited with being "key" drivers in the growth of the SUV and crossover segment.

Consumers appreciate such attributes as a higher seating position, higher ground clearance, more interior space and towing capacity, the study said.

IHS Automotive analyzed Polk retail new vehicle registration data.

Five years ago, sedans held the number one spot with 36.3 percent, while SUVs and crossovers accounted for 31.4 percent.

"The sedan no longer holds the dominant position it once did," said IHS Automotive in a statement. "Through the first five months of 2014, the most popular body style in the industry among individual consumers has been SUVs and crossovers."

The study also found that hatchbacks and pickup trucks have lost more share in the past year than any other category, declining one half a percentage point each in the past year based on new vehicle registrations.

Hatchbacks, pickup trucks, coupes, passenger vans and convertibles all have lost share over the past five years.

Edmunds says: Car buyers go crazy for SUVs and crossovers, resulting in a major shift in the market.

Comments

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    Let's face it, SUV's have a lot more utility than sedans, and with mpg improving, I think people are better able to justify these purchases.

  • bc1960 bc1960 Posts:

    Unfortunate for those of us who do want vehicles with a tail- or lift- gate but will not buy ones that are tall or lifted.

  • andre1969 andre1969 Posts:

    I can actually see the charm. Plus, it seems like in more recent times, sedans have gotten less and less useful. Long gone are the days when a sedan could carry six people, gulp down all their luggage in a cavernous trunk, and tow a trailer of up to 7,000 lb. I used to be of the belief that I'd never drive an SUV, as I've always driven coupes and sedans, both pillared and hardtop, in the past. But now, I do a lot of my driving in a 2012 Dodge Ram pickup, and have gotten used to the generous headroom and the high seating position...not just high off the road, but high off the floor. I figured if I ever got another new car, it would be something like a Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300, or maybe a Chevy Impala. But, I could actually see myself in something like a Dodge Durango. I guess time will tell, though, when it comes time to buy

  • corollamike corollamike Posts:

    Europe loves the hatchback, so why wouldn't we? All the makers, except Toyota, have a C-class hatch, and for good reason: they're just plain COOL.

  • Sports Cars yesterday, today and forever!

  • transpower transpower Posts:

    SUVs yesterday, today, and forever!

  • lemko lemko Posts:

    Feh! I'd rather stick a red hot flaming barbecue poker in my eye than buy an SUV. Give me a traditional sedan or station wagon any day!

  • andre1969 andre1969 Posts:

    > @lemko said: > Feh! I'd rather stick a red hot flaming barbecue poker in my eye than buy an SUV. Give me a traditional sedan or station wagon any day! > Actually, that might be one reason I like the Durango. It's style and shape don't look so much like a typical SUV to me, but more like a jacked up station wagon. Sort of like what a '69 Coronet or Satellite wagon could have evolved into, just jacked up for ground clearance.

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