The year of 2018 was marked with two interesting trends in the compact segment of the American car market. On the one hand, car sales considerably sank, on the other hand, the demand for crossovers sharply increased.
Last year 1.55 million passenger cars were sold in the U.S. compact segment. This result is 12% lower than in 2017 and is the second sharpest decline in sales over the past three decades. A 17% fall in this segment was in 2009, Carsalebase.com reports.
The difference is that overall sales in 2009 dropped by 17% as well, and in 2018, on the contrary, the market grew.
The American TOP 5 compact cars was not surprising in 2018: the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Nissan Sentra, Hyundai Elantra and the Chevrolet Cruze.
Further – more interesting. Sales in the U.S. Compact SUV segment grew by almost 13% last year and amounted to 3.58 million vehicles, making it the largest segment in the country. About 50% more compact crossovers are sold in the United States than large pickups ( the second largest segment).
Over the next 12 months, many new models will be on sale. The tastes of customers are unlikely to change in the near future. It is not difficult to predict that the Compact SUV segment will overcome the mark of 4 million units in the coming years.
These statistics highlight how quickly compact crossovers capture the US car market. The leaders – Toyota RAV4 (pictured), Nissan Rogue, Honda CR-V – are purchased very well.
After a change of generations, the demand for Jeeps – Wrangler, Cherokee, Compass rose fast. The Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Tucson, Subaru Crosstrek are quickly gaining popularity.