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FCA US vans, minivans vs the world

by David Zatz on

For years, Dodge and Chrysler-or-Plymouth both held the top selling minivan titles in the US. Then the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna came in and started to take the coveted #1 spots (though Chrysler+Dodge, together, were always on top).

From January to May last year, the Dodge Caravan took the #1 spot with 59,029 sales, followed around 2,200 sales later by the Toyota Sienna; the Honda Odyssey took the next spot, and well behind it, the Town & Country.

For this year, from January to May the Caravan is still #1 by far — with 63,657 sales. The Chrysler Pacifica has almost matched the Town & Country from last year, with 47,199 sales. Toyota’s been pushed down, to 46,696. Honda dropped down to 37,010 — 30% below its position last year — but just came out with a new model.

Kia and Nissan have been essentially pushed out; Kia’s marginal sales dropped 29% to 12,998, and Nissan dropped 45% to 4,419.

Right now, FCA US is riding high in minivans; the first question is, was Honda’s drop a trend, or just customers waiting for the new model?  The second is, what will happen when the Dodge Caravan goes away?

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If you’re more interested in the bigger vans, the ProMaster is at 16,981 (up 22%) and the City is at 6,599 (down 19%). That’s good compared with the old Ram Cargo Van, but the Ford Transit is at 55,584, the Transit Connect at 13,009, and even the old E-series vans are at 22,663.

On the lighter side, Ram is beating Nissan (NV, 7,759; NV200, 7,916). The Chevrolet Express is at 29,085 for the big van, and 3,213 for the little express. The Mercedes vans, Sprinter and Metris, are at the bottom of the pile now: 10,366 and 2,326, respectively.

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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