Do we fight for the “top SUV”?


The traditional idea in the automotive industry is that the days of sacred family sedans are outdated and will soon be replaced by all the shapes, sizes and demeanor of sport utility vehicles.

To be sure, passenger car sales are booming. According to Autodata, their sales decreased by 10.3% YoY in the first 11 months of 2016, while that of off-road SUVs increased by 8.7%. And the market is expanding far beyond the heart of growing families, both single and empty, as evidenced by the surge in demand and supply of small cross-border goods. Sales here are led by compact Nissan Rogue (up 25.5% so far this year), Chevrolet Equinox (+ 19.8%) and Toyota RAV4 (+ 19.1%).

The coldest part of the ice and snow in the new car market is now large-sedans, which have plunged 24.7% so far this year and even the most determined client in the sector, law enforcement, is replacing the pursuit of sedans.

At this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show, automakers rolled out no fewer than a dozen new SUVs, and models of this type now include models typically associated with trucks such as Bentley, Jaguar and Maserati, as well as models including Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce Other foreign models within. Even Ferrari are ready for their own crossover car.

Car companies are expanding their smaller crossovers, including the recently launched Compact Ford EcoSport and the upcoming Nissan Kick and Hyundai Kona parades. On the other hand, Ascent from Subaru also has a new large crossover and Lexus stretches the RX to the third row of seats on a new 350L.

As market space shrinks, carmakers are cutting into and cutting SUV categories to help meet demand, with brands such as BMW and Mercedes extending existing models to four-door coupe-like crossovers, emphasizing “sporty” SUVs , But at the expense of overall “utility”. In addition there is a compact luxury Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, it has two convertible version.

According to research firm LMC Automotive, more than 150 different SUVs will plug the U.S. market by 2020, doubling the number of buyers found in dealer showrooms in 2010. Can the market truly support all the changes on the same topic?

At the same time, the transaction price and average fuel consumption of new cars are on the rise, which is directly related to the popularity of cross-type SUVs, which are often more expensive and less fuel-efficient than cars of comparable size. According to the Michigan Institute of Transportation, the average fuel economy for new car sales in the United States was 25.0 mpg in November, up 4.9 mpg from October 2007. In addition,’s average new car transaction price hit a new high of $ 35,852 last month, a rise of 2.3% from November 2016 and a 12.1% increase from November last year.

Some wonder if the market will not get saturated in the near future, and capricious consumers will suddenly turn to another or even unexpected genre – using compact crossovers for quarrels, for example – as they gave up on the minivan Then, turn to the truck SUV and eventually cross the SUV. Although most are home buyers, today’s cross-border market has expanded significantly to include richer demographics.

A better way for carmakers to solve SUVs that are about to dominate the market is to not just build more crossovers but try to make their cars more like crossovers. This means boycotting “lower and lower” motto autonomously designed after World War II to adapt the next generation of cars to a wider range of consumers.

That means, among other things, getting back to the more distinctive shape of the roof line, making it easier for taller riders to get on and off the car more easily, especially in those with simple, weird door shapes Juggernaut to enter the back. Making the roof line higher can increase headroom, while higher ground clearances and a more upright seat position can help increase the vehicle’s exterior visibility. Hey, if we all have autonomous vehicles in the next 20 or 30 years, they may feel comfortable, as some industry forecasters predict, right?

This method is not without precedent. In the face of increasing interest in SUVs, but not available for sale at the time, Subaru lifted its Legacy wagon, a few inches of ground clearance, and added a sports-like body cover to create 1994 The year is considered the first modern cross-vehicle. For a time, Subaru also offers the Outback-ed version of the Legacy sedan, but it’s a time yet to come. Since then, Volvo has adopted both the V60 and V90 off-road versions of the two models, but also used to provide a template for the future passenger cars S60 sedan.

Or in another 10 years, we might talk about the unexpected appearance of cross-compact pickups and their negative impact on cross-selling SUV sales.


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