Not quite crossovers, wagons, hatchbacks or five-door coupes, the new wave of down sloping roof line 4×4 are quite hard to categorize – but it also appears they are hard to sell, despite carmakers praising them.
Sales of five of the six players in this arena – the Infiniti FX/QX70, Acura ZDX, Toyota Venza, Honda Crosstour, BMW X6 and BMW 5-series GT – plummeted in September. Year-on-year declines last month ranged from 39% to 80% and most were down sharply for the first nine months.
These crossover-coupes were intended to be a design statement, but styling has been controversial for some of them. And dealers say poor rear visibility, awkward ingress and egress, and limited back-seat headroom also have turned off shoppers.
In a rather stark contrast, sales for the luxury-crossover segment were off just 4% for September and up 10% for nine months. Sales of all crossover vehicles were flat for September, but rose 15% for nine months.
For example, Acura, with its ZDX coupe-like brethren to the MDX achieved a sales peak of 3,259 units in 2010, and it decided to kill off the model at the end of the 2013 model year. The same goes for BMW’s X6, with planned production of 40,000 units a year and U.S. as a volume leader – that didn’t happen either, with sales of 6,749 units in the United States last year.
Via Automotive news
by Aurel Niculescu
) - Monday, October 7th, 2013 - filed under Industry
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