Cross/utility vehicles will leapfrog four segment groups to become the highest-volume sector in North America in terms of production by 2009, according to Ward’s AutoForecasts. Sales, including imports, should follow suit. Output of CUVs is forecast to account for 12.4% of North American light-vehicle production this year, up from 10.9% last year and 9.0% in 2004. North American Light-Vehicle Production Percent Share by Segment Group 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 CUV 9.0 10.9 ...

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