Surprising (to me) US vehicle sales facts

NecroJoe

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#1: For VW, the top 4 selling models are the Tiguan, Taos, Atlas (not including the Atlas Sport), and the ID4. All of those are above the Jetta and Golf.

#2: The Jeep Wrangler 4xe is the #1 selling plug-in hybrid in the US. Above the Ford Escape, Toyota Prius, Chrysler Pacifica, while getting ~50% less electric-only range than any of those.

Any others come to mind?
 
I don't find #1 surprising at all. Around here we know a car (sedan/wagon/coupe) is objectively better to drive, and we tend to choose accordingly, but non-car-people either don't know that or don't care. They buy whatever is "in" and crossovers are it.

#2 surprises me, but I suppose it makes sense within the range. The hybrid Wrangler may not have the range of other hybrids, but it has better economy and performance compared to other Wranglers. Most hybrid Wrangler buyers didn't buy them because it was a hybrid. They were going to buy a Wrangler anyway but did choose the model - within the range - with the better economy and performance. It ended up being the highest selling plug-in hybrid simply because Jeep sells a lot of Wranglers.
 
They buy whatever is "in" and crossovers are it.
That makes sense to me, though I'm still surprised to see the ID.4 above the Jetta and Golf.

And I had no idea Jeep sold so many Wranglers that it's own plug-in hybrid out-sells the Prius's plug-in hybrid. (mind = blown)
 
Plus I'm sure FCA is incentivizing the crap out of the Wrangler hybrid.

Notably, at my local Jeep dealer, aside from a few stripper spec models, the bulk of non-hybrid Wranglers are *at the same price points* as hybrid Wrangler inventory.

Plug-in hybrids aren't really a thing that gets mindshare (I've *literally never* heard a normal person mention it). I'd assume the overwhelmingly vast majority of hybrid Wranglers are driven as conventional hybrids, and if the owners even know they *can* plug them in, they don't.
 
Plus I'm sure FCA is incentivizing the crap out of the Wrangler hybrid.

Notably, at my local Jeep dealer, aside from a few stripper spec models, the bulk of non-hybrid Wranglers are *at the same price points* as hybrid Wrangler inventory.

Plug-in hybrids aren't really a thing that gets mindshare (I've *literally never* heard a normal person mention it). I'd assume the overwhelmingly vast majority of hybrid Wranglers are driven as conventional hybrids, and if the owners even know they *can* plug them in, they don't.
Hilariously, this morning the car in the grocery store charger I never get to use, was a plug-in Wrangler. 😅
 
Plug-in hybrids aren't really a thing that gets mindshare (I've *literally never* heard a normal person mention it). I'd assume the overwhelmingly vast majority of hybrid Wranglers are driven as conventional hybrids, and if the owners even know they *can* plug them in, they don't.
Fun fact: in Germany, for a long while PHEVs were strongly incentivized, esp. as company cars, with lower taxes and direct premiums at purchase. This is combined with many companies providing fuel cards for their company car drivers. Result - a ton of PHEVs are returned off-lease with the charging cables still wrapped in plastic, never touched over the years, driven as normal ICEs on "free" fuel. Charging is more complicated _and_ more expensive for their drivers, so it's sort of completely reasonable they don't even really consider it.
 
Plus I'm sure FCA is incentivizing the crap out of the Wrangler hybrid.

Notably, at my local Jeep dealer, aside from a few stripper spec models, the bulk of non-hybrid Wranglers are *at the same price points* as hybrid Wrangler inventory.

Plug-in hybrids aren't really a thing that gets mindshare (I've *literally never* heard a normal person mention it). I'd assume the overwhelmingly vast majority of hybrid Wranglers are driven as conventional hybrids, and if the owners even know they *can* plug them in, they don't.
I'm not so sure. Nearly every charging bank I see has a Wrangler plugged into it.
 
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