14 Sep '11, 11am

Return of the SUV-More Than 1 Million Sold In China #peakoil

Return of the SUV-More Than 1 Million Sold In China #peakoil

According to Salzman's figures, Ford's U.S. sales of the Explorer SUV have quadrupled when compared to a year ago. Ford's car sales have risen 21.9%, truck sales have grown 8.5%, and SUV sales have grown 29.7%. And if Americans love their SUVs, China's booming car consumers love them even more. Over one million SUVs were sold in the Chinese market within the last year, the first time that SUV sales have topped a million units . Compared to that, Nissan's global sales of the Leaf all-electric vehicle - just over 6,000 since its introduction - seem truly paltry in comparison. Toyota is one of the only major car manufacturers not enjoying a boon from SUVs great sales figures - but Toyota is having a tough year overall, with Prius sales also flagging. The Chinese car buyer seems to flee from the Prius . SUV sales currently represent about 10% of the overall Chinese vehicle mar...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2011/09/return-of-the-suv...

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