By on November 30, 2014

2015 Chevrolet CorvetteThe 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.

Rank
Auto
10 Months 2014
10 Months 2013
%
Change
+ Difference
#1
 Chevrolet Corvette  28,909 11,759 145.8% 17,150
#2
 Lexus GX460  17,935 8,603 108.5% 9,332
#3
 Mercedes-Benz S-Class  19,581 9,539 105.3% 10,042
#4
 GMC Savana  24,200 12,585 92.3% 11,615
#5
 Lexus IS  40,809 25,630 59.2% 15,179
#6
 Buick Encore  41,213 26,532 55.3% 14,681
#7
 GMC Yukon  33,661 21,928 53.5% 11,733
#8
 Cadillac Escalade (Regular Wheelbase)  15,095 10,022 50.6% 5,073
#9
 Toyota 4Runner  61,582 41,844 47.2% 19,738
#10
 Infiniti QX50/EX  2,308 1,588 45.3% 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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25 Comments on “America’s 10 Fastest Growing Vehicles: October 2014 YTD Sales...”


  • avatar
    Detroit-X

    I like these stat-posts, but a longer term history would be welcome.

    2 is a 100% gain from 1.

  • avatar
    petezeiss

    *ahem*

    Encore :-D

  • avatar
    theupperonepercent

    The W222 S-Class has the most amazing interior ever fielded. Not even the interiors of the RR Phantom, Ghost or Bentley anything even comes close.

    The Cadillac Escalade looks good too, but the C.U.E system still feels weak. The amazing this is just how well all these $90,000 vehicles are moving.

    The Corvette is still an unbeatable price/performance/looks combination, but it’s not a practical or as affordable as one of the SRT vehicles. Let’s be real…less than 10% of buyers is going to the track with these things.

    • 0 avatar
      petezeiss

      “Let’s be real…”

      That’d be nice. Like, are you a journo who’s driven all these or 14 yrs old?

    • 0 avatar
      MBella

      For the people that want a high performance weekend car, the Corvette is hard to beat. This generation looks very good, and has a very improved interior. Hard to find faults with it at this price point. Not everyone needs the extra space of a Mustang on their weekend toy. I just bought a Miata that a plan to drive 90% of the time. The odd occasion where I need something bigger couldn’t be satisfied by a Mustang, Camaro or Challenger. I’ll need a normal car for that.

      • 0 avatar
        DeadWeight

        GM is a tale of two companies.

        On one hand, cars like the 2015 Corvette, which is is better in every way than its predecessor, and better (and more reliable and civilized as a DD, with relatively low maintenance costs) than most exotics costing 3x as much, are being produced by it.

        Yet, GM is pumping out ridiculously overpriced, unreliable, and heritage conflicted vehicle such as the ATS, CTS and XTS.

        • 0 avatar
          highdesertcat

          Two companies, indeed. I picked up (somewhere, I forgot where) that the sales of the Volt tanked but the Corvette’s production run is sold out for 2015.

  • avatar
    pragmatic

    Savana?

    Sleepy end of the market. Is this due to phase out of the E150 or is something else going on?

    • 0 avatar
      Hummer

      Not that surprising, Ford basically left a market they owned, the OneFord plan has greatly helped every automaker except for Ford.

      GM can keep cranking out the new segment leader(s), while Ford touts a more expensive van, with no reliability history, expensive replacement parts, and of course the biggie, European flair, a must for all trendy mobile mechanics.

    • 0 avatar
      TrenchFoot

      Doubly odd considering GM stopped making the Express/Savana 1500s. A 2500 has to cost ~10% more than the 1500? Maybe the sales bump was caused by fleet owners buying the last of the MY2014 1500s?

  • avatar

    Not for nothing, but Buick hit the mark with all three crossovers its fielded so far.

    • 0 avatar
      VoGo

      Rainier, Rendezvous and Terraza?

      • 0 avatar

        Rendezvous, Enclave, Encore. Rainier was an unabashed sport utility and the only person who believed the Terraza was a crossover was someone I crammed into one three years ago because he didn’t have enough money down for the Explorer he actually wanted.

        • 0 avatar
          VoGo

          Rendezvous was never class competitive. Encore is merely first to market – it will be overtaken once competitors join the fight. Enclave is nice, but in terrible need of a refresh; the market has moved on.

          Typical GM.

          • 0 avatar

            I’d argue Rendezvous helped create the class by being one of the first car-based crossovers with an available 3rd row, just as the Encore is doing now in its segment. When the Rendezvous bowed in ’01 for MY2002, the only other car-based vehicle you could get with a 3rd row was the Acura MDX – otherwise, you’d have to step up to a BOF SUV of some sort or settle for the dreaded minivan. And given what the ‘Vous fundamentally was – a LWB U-van – I’d say it was indeed more than competitive in terms of market penetration, sales, and profit.

            Granted, the Enclave is an ‘old’ vehicle by today’s standards, but it still sells strong – outsold the MDX every full year but its first.

            As far as the Encore, what exactly is going to match it in the market? Everything else so far has proven to be a size larger or WAY more downmarket in content. Buick clearly struck a sweet spot by trading off size for content with the Encore.

          • 0 avatar
            Zackman

            The Buick Rendezvous was a thinly-disguised minivan, but it worked well for them, as it had styling that made it stand out and was generally nicely-trimmed to make it quite attractive, so much so I even toyed with the idea of buying one, but I prefer cars to crossovers.

            A successful vehicle for Buick, regardless of what anyone else thinks, but, hey, we liked the Aztek, too, so there!

            “Quirky” is one of my middle names…

  • avatar
    87 Morgan

    I see a lot of new Escalades and Yukons in the black car service line at the airport. I doubt these get recorded as fleet since these are ussually small businesses who don’t buy in bulk so to speak.

    Good bad or indifferent, this shows that the wealthy among us are doing well these days.

    • 0 avatar
      DenverMike

      You get booted from the fleet department if you’re not buying 5+ new vehicles.

      • 0 avatar
        Scoutdude

        No, depending on the brand and dealer you just have to show a business license to get access to the fleet dept at a dealership. Some do require you to have a minimum fleet size to get the bigger discounts but again you only have to buy a single unit at a time.

        That’s not to say that there aren’t vehicles out there used commercially that weren’t purchased from a fleet dept since not all dealers have a true fleet dept, some business owners believe you and think they won’t be able to buy from the fleet dept if they are not purchasing multiple vehicles and finally it can be cheaper to purchase at “retail” since many times the retail rebates, subsidized loans and leases make it that much cheaper than the fleet discounts.

  • avatar
    Lou_BC

    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.

  • avatar
    stuntmonkey

    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.

    • 0 avatar
      Lorenzo

      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.

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