July 2008 Sales: No Relief in Sight

July 2008 Sales: No Relief in Sight

Chevy TrailBlazer -73%
GMC Envoy -80%
Chevy Suburban -52%
GMC Yukon XL -56%
Chevy Uplander -56%

Last month, the TrailBlazer and the Suburban were able to defy gravity, thanks to 0% financing, but that probably only worsened the pain this month. Their GMC twins are suffering right along with them, as is the ancient Uplander minivan.

Toyota FJ Cruiser -62%
Toyota 4Runner -54%
Infiniti QX56 -56%
Mitsubishi Outlander -51%
Mitsubishi Raider -53%
Mazda B-series -57%

Bought for looks rather than need, the FJ Cruiser is falling harder and faster than more practical SUVs (like Toyota's own 4Runner). Without even the reflected glow of celebrity to underpin it, Infiniti's big QX56 is in free fall. The Mitsubishi Outlander is one of the compact crossovers hurting as badly as larger SUVs, while the Raider pickup and the Mazda B-series both look increasingly pointless.

Cratering crossovers

Hyundai Veracruz -60%
Audi Q7 -52%
Subaru Tribeca -53%

Hyundai, Audi, and Subaru aren't brands that are top-of-mind for buyers shopping three-row crossovers, and the Veracruz, Q7, and Tribeca are suffering for it.

Sickly Swedes

Volvo S60 -81%
Volvo S40 -72%

It's perhaps not surprising that sales of the Volvo S60, an aged player in a hyper-competitive segment, have plummeted, but to see the compact S40 whacked so hard has got to send shivers all the way to Gothenburg. The worse part is that, except for the C30, all Volvos are down, even the new V70/XC70. And the situation at Saab is just as grim.

Domestic car trouble

Chrysler 300 -58%
Cadillac DTS -56%
Buick Lucerne -51%
Buick LaCrosse -50%

Although cars as a whole are outselling trucks once again, plenty of sedans have slipped into a funk. The fall of the once-hot Chrysler 300 has been particularly brutal, but the Lucerne is also looking weak for a relatively new model.

Other unfortunates

Hyundai Entourage -69%
Lexus SC430 -53%
Honda S2000 -52%

The Entourage continues to get slaughtered in the minivan market. The SC430 is the most-troubled Lexus, which wouldn't be so worrisome if every other Lexus car weren't down as well. The S2000, on the other hand, is the one underachieving child in the otherwise happy family of Honda cars.

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