Crossovers Bolster US Light-Vehicle Sales Market This Year

Dave Cutting

Consumer demand for crossovers (CUVs) in the US market was especially strong during the first 8 months of 2011. In fact, nearly one of every four new vehicles purchased or leased this year was a CUV. Combined sales of all four CUV segments, including compact and midsize models, increased by nearly 326,400 units from sales in the same 8-month period a year ago. More than 2 million CUVs have been sold so far this year, representing nearly one-fourth (23.71%) of industry sales, which was up 1.78 percentage points from a 21.93% market share in the same period of 2010.

Compact CUVs, including mass-market and premium compact models, significantly outperformed the industry‚Äôs nearly 10% year-to-date sales gain from last year. Continue reading ›

Five All-New Models Set the Pace in APEAL Study

2010 Chevrolet Camaro

Five all-new vehicle models receive the highest scores in their segments for delighting and pleasing their owners during the first 3 months of ownership, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2010 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study.SM Sandra Brummett and Jonathan Sundberg, automotive product researchers at J.D. Power . . . Continue Reading Five All-New Models Set the Pace in APEAL Study