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How are Mopar vans and minivans selling?

by Bill Cawthon on

For January, Ram jumped up to become the third largest seller of commercial vans in the United States, beating Nissan and Mercedes. Indeed, the ProMaster, on its own, out-sold all Mercedes vans combined, the GMC Savanna, Nissan NV and NV200, and Chevrolet City Express.

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The ProMaster City outsold its class-mate, the Chevrolet City Express. Ford continues to dominate commercial van sales, in both large and small classes, by huge margins, partly because the company never left the market and was early to bring in Euro-style vans. Mercedes sells at a high premium, and some have complained about maintenance and repair costs.

In minivans, Chrysler and Dodge, combined, came in first place; but if the models are separated, the Sienna took those honors, followed by the Dodge Grand Caravan and then the Chrysler Town & Country, with the once-dominant Honda Odyssey on the bottom of the Big Four.  The split between Dodge and Chrysler will continue through 2016 and likely through most of 2017.

Minivan sales, as a class, rose by 25% in January; 78% of that growth went to FCA.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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