While pundits rave about crossovers and SUVs, where FCA is the clear leader, the hottest growth in April was actually vans. Minivan, MPV, and commercial van sales rose by nearly 27%, to 98,151, last month.  For the first four months of 2016, total van sales have grown to more than 354,000, up more than 27%, and FCA is in the lead by 25,661 sales over #2 Ford.

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FCA’s van market share grew from 5.3% to 6.5% in 2015; year to date, it is up to 6.3%.

The Dodge Grand Caravan was the top-selling minivan in April, edging out the Honda Odyssey by 156 sales; it is also the top seller year to date.

The Ram ProMaster City was the second-best-selling compact commercial van, (well) after the Ford Transit Connect. The Ram ProMaster outsold the Nissan NV, not to mention the combined Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Metris vans.

Chrysler minivans easily beat their April 2015 sales, when retooling of the Windsor Assembly Plant caused slower sales. Still, the Caravan came within 149 sales of equalling its April 2014 numbers. Chrysler minivans didn't fare as well: even adding in the Pacifica, they came up 3,286 sales shy of April 2014.
U.S. VAN SALES
AutomakerApril ’16April ’15ChangeApril ’14Change
FCA US 28,07915,38083%30,073-7%
Ford23,22119,57519%16,81238%
Honda13,04711,09218%11,63912%
GM11,8408,96432%9,12630%
Toyota10,79511,353-5%11,134-3%
Nissan4,4353,72919%3,29435%
Kia2,8963,394-15%625363%
Daimler2,5892,764-6%2,3948%
BMW1,2491,2440.4%2,045-39%
Total Vans98,15177,49527%87,14213%