Midsize Vans—A Slight Revival?

Midsize vans are one of four segments (including sub-compacts, midsize conventional cars and compact crossovers) that posted year-over-year gains of more than 22% in August, based on J.D. Power’s (retail and fleet sales) transaction data.* In August, midsize van sales climbed 22.5% from a year ago and year-to-date sales were up by nearly one-fifth (+19.5%) from a year ago on a selling-day adjusted basis.**

In a comparison of retail transaction data during the past 3 months (June-August 2012 and 2011), midsize vans averaged a week longer on dealer lots before being sold—54 days—than in the same time frame of 2011 (47 days). However, that was about half as long as during the first months of the recession in 2009, when midsize vans averaged 97 days on dealer lots before being sold.***

Fiat-Chrysler Group Remains a Dominant Midsize Van Player

Among automakers, Fiat-Chrysler Group remains the dominant player in the midsize van segment. In August, the best-sellers were, respectively: Dodge Grand Caravan, Honda Odyssey, Chrysler Town & Country and Toyota Sienna. Chrysler Group’s two entries garnered more than half of the midsize van deliveries in August. Continue reading ›

A Wide Array of Brands Produce Models that Delight Their Owners

David Amodeo

A baker’s dozen of nameplates produce models that earn the highest scores in their segments in each of the award categories in our 2012 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study.

Chevrolet receives three of the 22 segment awards—the most of any nameplate in the 2012 APEAL Study—and also the most APEAL awards for the General Motors flagship brand since 1997. Chevrolet models that receive segment awards include two small models and one large pickup: the Avalanche, Sonic and Volt.

Seven more nameplates included in the study each receive two segment awards for models with the highest index scores in their categories. In alphabetical order, the nameplates with top-ranked models in two segments are: Audi, Dodge, Ford, Kia, Mini, Nissan, and Porsche. Also receiving highest-ranking model awards at the segment level for one model each are: BMW, Infiniti, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen. Continue reading ›