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FCA still dominating US minivans

by David Zatz on

Minivans have been dismissed by some as a dying market, but they are still selling for hefty prices, and four companies are still vying for dominance: FCA, Toyota, Honda, and Hyundai-Kia.

FCA has had two minivans for sale since the end of Plymouth, a Chrysler and a Dodge. For the first time since Chrysler started making them, though, the Dodge and Chrysler do not share bodies.

The Chrysler Pacifica, which sells for a considerable premium over the old Dodge Caravan, racked up 35,479 sales so far this year. The Caravan, which had higher than usual fleet sales the last time we looked, stands at 49,871.  The two FCA minivans, together, have had over 85,000 sales so far — and in a simple projection to the end of the year, ignoring seasonal changes, they would have over a quarter of a million sales in 2017.

The Honda Odyssey has often been Chrysler’s primary enemy, and has been the best selling single minivan in America (if one didn’t add the Caravan and Town & Country together). So far this year, though, sales have been down by nearly a third, and sales are only at 28,011.

The Toyota Sienna stands at a healthier 36,272 — above the Pacifica, but well below the Dodge.  The Kia Sedona is usually an also-ran, and that stays true, with just 9,437 sales; compare that with 30,092 Sorento and 21,086 Sportage buyers.

For those counting at home, the sales rankings are #1 Dodge, #2 Toyota, #3 Chrysler, #4 Honda, #5 Kia.

The story so far: FCA is selling more minivans in the US than Honda, Toyota, and Kia combined.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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