Growth in light truck sales outpaced that for passenger cars during the second quarter, but it was two car segments that posted the biggest gains during the April-June period (see insert for complete data).
Luxury Car sales, up 11.2% for the quarter vs. year-earlier, led all segments in percentage growth, followed closely by Large Car deliveries, up 10.6%. By contrast, no truck segment enjoyed double-digit gains in the quarter.
Leading the Luxury Car rise was the Lower Luxury sub-segment, which posted a 25.0% increase, largely due to the success of the Acura TL,LHS/300M and 3 series. Middle Luxury also netted a healthy 20.0% gain on the strength of such imports as the Volvo S80, Saab 9-5 and Audi A6.
Leading the Large Car rise was the Buick LeSabre's 19% sales boost, 48.8% increase in Dodge Intrepid deliveries, strongCrown Victoria/Grand Marquis sales and introduction of the new Chevrolet Impala.
|Model Year 1999||6 Mos., 1999|
|Cars||Light Trucks||Cars||Light Trucks|
|1 Camry||350,729||Ford P'up||663,031||Camry||223,892||Ford P'up||449,951|
|2 Accord||303,933||Chev. P'up||441,092||Accord||199,930||Chev. P'up||304,053|
|4 Civic||232,416||Ram P'Up||320,163||Civic||158,727||Ram P'Up||208,985|
|7 Corolla||185,158||G. Cher.||199,840||Corolla||125,609||G. Cherokee||136,960|
|8 Grand Am||168,985||Expedition||179,850||Grand Am||121,005||Windstar||124,776|
|9 Saturn||168,780||S10 Pickup||172,613||Saturn||116,748||S10 Pickup||124,445|
|15 G. Prix||112,592||Cherokee||123,747||G. Prix||78,892||Cherokee||84,787|
|Note: Table combines imports and domestics. Pickups exclude medium-duty versions.|
The Small Car segment also posted a gain in the quarter — 2.6% — a result of the 64.2% rise in sales of imported models.
Biggest growth on the truck side during the quarter came in the Sport/Utility and Pickup segments, each posting 5.6% sales gains. Most of the Sport/Utility increase came in the Small SUV sub-sector, which rose 27.8% for the period. Chevrolet Tracker, Kia Sportage and Subaru Forester all netted healthy gains. Imports gained the most in the Sport/Utility segment, rising 23.1%. That compares to a 1.4% increase for domestics.
The segment with the least growth was Vans, which continued to run flat (up 0.3%) for the quarter, despite a 36.3% rise in the Small Van sub-segment. Leading the Small Van category was theQuest, which more than doubled its year-ago sales, and the Sienna, up 25.6%.