Between January and June 2019, every third passenger vehicle sold was a sport utility vehicle. In 2019, around 200 million SUVs were in operation worldwide. This figure represents a near six-fold increase over 2010, when the global SUV fleet consisted of about 35 million such vehicles.
The United States, China, and Germany have emerged as the largest markets even though definitions may vary across markets. Monthly sales of sport utility vehicles in the United States surged past 800,000 units in August 2019. Concurrently, sales of SUVs and off-road vehicles in Germany topped 100,000 units in the same month. German automakers were also the most successful non-manufactures of SUVs in China. However, the Chinese market was already grappling with a stalling auto market before the coronavirus pandemic.
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