Minivan sales continue to fade

The market for sliding passenger doors seems to be fading in the U.S., according to statistics compiled by

The steady decline that began 18 years ago, shows no signs of stopping and even might be accelerating, Haig Stoddard, auto industry analyst, said in a recent post on One of the respites for minivan sales came in 2012, when share was flat with the prior year at 3.7 per cent. But the downslide quickly returned and penetration through the first 10 months of 2013 is down nearly a half point from 2012 to 3.4 per cent, said Stoddard. With only two months of the year remaining, minivan share likely will end at its lowest point since 3.1 per cent in 1985, he said.

In 1995, there were 16 minivan models on sale in the U.S. Now there are six. Of those, only three – the Windsor-built Chrysler Town and Country, Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna – have sales above year ago through October, said Stoddard. “Perhaps more telling is none have a bigger share of the light-vehicle market from a year ago, though Sienna and Town and Country are flat with 2012.”

No new model or a re-engineering of an existing minivan is due for at least a couple years, when Chrysler is planning an overhaul to its minivan program, he added.

Chrysler products on Best Buys list The Windsor-built Chrysler Town and Country and Dodge Grand Caravan are among the Best Buys list for 2014 compiled by experts at Consumer Reports Automotive. Other Chrysler vehicles to make the list include, Ram 1500, Dodge Durango and Journey.

Consumer Guide Automotive editors analyze, compare and evaluate numerous vehicles by extensively testing all major models in 19 vehicle categories.
Models that best fit the needs of the consumer are recognized with a “Best Buy” accolade.

“The overall refinement and sense of quality Chrysler Group has brought to its latest generation of vehicles is noteworthy,” said Tom Appel, publisher of Consumer Guide Automotive. Other models to make the list include the Chevy Impala, Acura’s RDX, the Chevy Silverado and the Mazda6.

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