America's 10 Fastest Growing Vehicles: October 2014 YTD Sales

Timothy Cain
by Timothy Cain

The Chevrolet Corvette is the fastest growing auto nameplate in America through the first ten months of 2014.

Four of the other members of this list of America’s fastest growing vehicles are also General Motors products.

Corvette volume is up 146% this year, an improvement of 17,150 units. Two other nameplates, the Lexus GX and Mercedes-Benz S-Class, have both doubled their October 2013 year-to-date volume.

Thorough redesigns certainly play a big role, as the Corvette, S-Class, Lexus IS, GMC Yukon, and Cadillac Escalade are all freshly revamped models. The Lexus GX460 wasn’t a new product for MY2015, but Lexus did update the GX while making a conscious decision to more actively pursue sales in a market that’s increasingly leaning toward SUVs and crossovers. The same could be said for the Toyota 4Runner.

As for the mostly forgotten Infiniti QX50, formerly the EX, its presence in this group basically adds fuel to an embarrassing fire. The EX debuted nearly seven years ago and, aside from a single powertrain upgrade and a name change, has undergone little in terms of re-engineering. An increase of 45% in 2014 points us not to a sudden uptick in sales but 2013’s downturn. Last year, the QX50/EX tumbled 38%. Sales had fallen 42% in 2012 and 28% in 2011 and have never been higher than the 12,873 units Infiniti achieved in its first full year, 2008. Acura will sell more than 40,000 RDXs this year.

But a list of the fastest growing nameplates shouldn’t be filled with Infiniti doom and gloom. The Corvette, one of Detroit’s most iconic machines, will generate more than 30,000 sales in 2014, the first such occasion since 2007. True blue off-road enthusiasts can get excited about the surge of interest in the 4Runner – year-to-date sales have already reached a seven-year high. Ruthless executives will be pleased by the S-Class’s surge. S-Class volume hasn’t been this strong in eight years.

RankAuto10 Months 201410 Months 2013% Change+ Difference#1 Chevrolet Corvette 28,90911,759145.8%17,150#2 Lexus GX460 17,9358,603108.5%9,332#3 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 19,5819,539105.3%10,042#4 GMC Savana 24,20012,58592.3%11,615#5 Lexus IS 40,80925,63059.2%15,179#6 Buick Encore 41,21326,53255.3%14,681#7 GMC Yukon 33,66121,92853.5%11,733#8 Cadillac Escalade (Regular Wheelbase) 15,09510,02250.6%5,073#9 Toyota 4Runner 61,58241,84447.2%19,738#10 Infiniti QX50/EX 2,3081,58845.3%720

We have not included vehicles which weren’t on sale throughout 2013. (The Buick Encore went on sale in January of last year.) We’ve also measured the vehicles on a percentage scale. If measured by volume, the Infiniti QX50’s paltry 720 extra sales would not be sufficient to crack a fastest-growing list. For the record, many of America’s best-selling vehicles have generated far greater additional sales in 2014’s first ten months. The Chevrolet Cruze, Chevrolet Silverado, Honda Accord, Kia Soul, Nissan Rogue, Nissan Sentra, Nissan Versa, Ram P/U, Subaru Forester, Toyota Corolla, and Toyota RAV4 have all added more sales than the Toyota 4Runner, this vehicle which, among vehicles on this list, most greatly expanded its volume.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures.

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  • Lou_BC Lou_BC on Nov 30, 2014

    GMC Savana sales are up due to traditional van buyers being wary of the Eurovans from Ford and FCA. E series are being fazed out so this isn't a surprise. GMC Yukon - 40-50% are to fleets. The Crown Vic was the police and fleet queen........No more Crown Vic........ I see a ton of Tahoe's in police garb. Is that a coincidence? Toyota 4Runner - people like the ruggedness of a smaller BOF SUV or more specifically the PERCEPTION of ruggedness. That is the same reason why I see Wrangler Unlimited's all over the place. 99% will never see more than a dirt road to the cottage.

    • Highdesertcat Highdesertcat on Nov 30, 2014

      Many USPS contractors in MY area drive Wranglers in the winter/snow months, and mini-vans during the warmer/dryer summer months.

  • Stuntmonkey Stuntmonkey on Nov 30, 2014

    Not to be a pest, but I am going to be "that guy." The meaning of the post title "10 fastest growing vehicles" is obvious the best and brightest, but still reads as if the cars are expanding literally, not figuratively.

    • Lorenzo Lorenzo on Dec 01, 2014

      In that case, the article would be listing the Altima, which grew from compact to midsize, and the RAV4, which morphed from a Suzuki Samurai clone to a Forester fighter. I don't think you have to be the B&B to know what the writer meant. If the B&B were that far ahead of the average Joe, we'd have formed a secret society with initiation rites and a secret handshake by now.

  • El scotto Listen, unless you were Lord Headly-Stempmoor or such when you got off the off the boat, boot in Canada, you got the short end of the stick. People got on the boat, these days a plane, to escape famine, becoming cannon fodder in yet another stupid war, or the government thought it was A-OK to let soldiers kill you. Juneteenth is just a way to right one of the more bad ideas in the American experiment. Instead we have commenters who were buying tater chips and diet soda at Wal-Mart and got all butt-hurt because they heard someone who wasn't speaking English. I'm going to go fix a couple of frankfurters with salsa and guacamole and wash them down with a lager or three
  • Akear I just wish GM could produce a vehicle 80% as good as the crown.I sat in a Trax at a Chevrolet dealership this weekend and was shocked how cheap it felt. GM does not care.GM - what a disgrace!
  • Akear I like the grill treatment of all Mitsubishi products. It is an interesting and original design.
  • El scotto Some rambling thoughts; Elon is pulling billions in cash out of Tesla. Tesla will be around, Elon won't let them fail. Mitsubishi is an odd place, you can't sell vehicles if you don't have dealers. Out of all the "Automalls" near you, how many have a Mitsubishi dealership? The Agnellis owned Fiat, Fiat got sold to Stellantis. The Agnellis control Exor. How much of Stellantis does Exor own? I really should be drinking beer with Billy Ford and talking Big-10 trash with him. Ford and Lucid should work out a partnership. You want an electric Lincoln? Have Lucid build it and slap a Lincoln name plate on it. BTW, kick Farley's butt to the curb.
  • Akear US contentChevrolet Trax - 5%Honda Pilot - 52%What a disgrace!I glad Consumer Reports panned the Trax, and put it on its avoid list.
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