Until well into the fourth quarter, we have a pretty good understanding of 2018 & # 39; s sales winners and losers. Nevertheless, different races will go to the wire.
LARGE BRAND LEADERS
Ford has another US brand championship, all but salted – its ninth deficit – and number 2 Toyota seems to be finishing for Chevrolet for the third consecutive year.
JEEPERS! SUBARU MEETS HIS CONTEST
As expected, this year Subaru zipped past Hyundai (the eleventh yet active brand that has overshadowed the Love brand since 2008). But Subaru's steady climb in the sales charts is now coming to an end. The next brand that would be overtaken would be Jeep, and, hey, that does not happen quickly.
In 2015 Mercedes-Benz Volkswagen drove to become the best selling German brand of America. But with its new Tiguan and Atlas, and with the distribution problems of Mercedes, VW is again at the top of the Germans – a place that has been preserved for generations.
LUXURY SEDAN SHOOTOUT
There is a hot battle going on between old rivals in the medium-sized luxury sedan wars. It often becomes the segment & # 39; 5 series & # 39; and indeed, the Bimmer makes noise this year, he almost even pulls with the E-class and stole Lexus & # 39; ES, which has decreased the most.
VOLVO & # 39; S SURGE
Thanks to the redesigned XC60, Volvo has been standing next to Lincoln in a battle of two prestige brands that were once part of Ford's Premier Automotive Group. While the XC60 has risen by 45%, its rival Lincoln, the MKX, has dropped by 13% and was outlined by the XC60, 23,511-19,886, until September.
FCA goes up with JEEP
Only 1, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, of the top 6 car manufacturers group, has gained market share this year – and it has won a lot. In 2006 Toyota Motor Sales passed Fiat Chrysler (then Chrysler Group) to become No. 3 among car manufacturer groups in the US. But with a Jeep on fire, can FCA ever restore the old American Big 3?
The big crossover class (think of Chevrolet Traverse, Toyota Highlander and Volkswagen Atlas) is the first outsourcing for mid-sized crossovers (Ford Edge / Honda Pilot).
TIGUAN (S) versus TERRAIN
Of course, the compact cross-overs segment continues to grow, but it's not just the RAV4 and Nissan Rogue add-on volume from Toyota. The Volkswagen Tiguan has risen almost 200% and displaces GMC's terrain, which itself is almost 25%. The secret is of course that this year VW sells old and new Tiguan versions.
There is a reason why the Mustang is the only car that Ford intends to retain. In a year in which cars are slaughtered, the Mustang keeps standing. This year's win in the pony wagons will be the 4th in a row of the Ford.
TAKE TO THE TOP
With his Renegade made in Italy, Jeep pushed the forefront of the subcompact crossover class, but the arrival of a new Crosstrek has placed Subaru in the category.
TRUCK VS. TRUCK
In the universe of pickups – full-size and midsize – have the big boys (including Ford's F-series, Chevrolet's Silverado, Ram's pick-up and GMC's Sierra) lost their market share in 2018 to their little brothers (such as Toyota's Tacoma, Chevy's Colorado, GMC & # 39; s Canyon and Nissan's Frontier).
ALFA PLAYS THE ALPHA
Last year Jaguar faced Alfa Romeo with an impressive margin of 39.594-12.031, but with Alfa & # 39; s Stelvio attracted nearly 10,000 customers in September, the Italian sporting luxury brand is approaching its
struggling English rival.
A DECEMBER WHEN WE REMEMBER?
With a redesigned 3-series and a strong line-up of crossovers, BMW has a chance to end the two-year win of Mercedes in the luxury brand race – 2 years in which Mercedes won handsomely. Nine months in 2018 Mercedes had sold BMW with only 319 vehicles, excluding the sale of vans. This year it will be an old-fashioned dogfight in December.