Wednesday, 23 July, 2014

 
Published July 16, 2014
SUVs, crossovers outnumber sedan sales in US for first time: IHS
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Americans like to sit tall when they drive, as shown by a report issued Wednesday by IHS Automotive showing US registrations for sport utility and crossover vehicles outnumber sedans for the first time. - PHOTO: SPH

[DETROIT] Americans like to sit tall when they drive, as shown by a report issued Wednesday by IHS Automotive showing US registrations for sport utility and crossover vehicles outnumber sedans for the first time.

Through May of this year, SUVs and crossover vehicles (CUVs) made up 36.5 per cent of registrations of new autos, compared with 35.4 per cent for sedans, IHS said.

Five years ago, sedans outnumbered SUVs and CUVs in US registrations through May by 36.3 per cent to 31.4 per cent.

SUVs and CUVs are more appealing than sedans to many customers for several reasons, said IHS analyst Tom Libby, including higher seating position and ground clearance, more interior room, and towing capacity.