30 Oct '14, 1pm
SUVs And CUVs Gaining Ground
The SUV is here to stay, like it or not. SUVs are a staple of the American automotive landscape and have been elevated to gas guzzler status more or less as hybrid vehicles started being commercialized. Today’s situation is has evolved and is very different. SUVs have now been declined in compact and/or crossover utility vehicles (CUV), often based on compact vehicles and offer better fuel consumption than many midsize vehicles did twenty years ago. And their popularity is undeniable. Let’s take Ford Motor Company as an example in light of the news we published earlier this week about hybrids loosing ground sales-wise and Ford’s F-150 sales on the rise. Ford utility vehicles, which range worldwide from the compact EcoSport to the eight-seat Expedition, accounted for 23 percent of the brand’s sales globally in 2013. This is up from 17 percent a year earlier. By the end of t...