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It is no secret that the glory days of the full-size SUV are in the past. They ended with rising gas prices, increased environmental consciousness, populations moving back to the city, etc...

But even as full-size SUV sales sit far below their former height, there is still a market for full-size SUVs. Do you think there will always be a big enough market for car makers to continue to make full-size SUVs, or will crossover vehicles, which are rapidly rising in popularity, kill the segment all together?
 

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I feel that there will always be a demand for full-sized truck-based SUV's. The only changes that will happen within the next decade -as far as i can be realistic- is hybrid and EV powertrains being implemented even more. With Hybrid's and EV's proven to pack more low-end torque and possibly being able to tow more AND provide great range, it's the next step forward.
 

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This segment will always have two things be true about it.

1. There will always be a demand because people want to be able to lug around their family of 8 along with all their luggage for a family vacation in one vehicle.

2. Full-size SUVs will always be one of the least efficient types of vehicles that you can buy.

That being said, improvements will be made making these vehicles more efficient even if they lag far behind other modern vehicles. The only thing i could see actually killing the market is government regulations that are simply impossible to abide by while making a full-size SUV.
 

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the government has no place meddling in business. They usually do more harm then good to business or industry health.
somehow they always find a way to get into everyones wallet, so i really would be surprised if something major happens to bigger luxurious vehicles like the QX80
 

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doubt it. it will get smaller but it wont die.

there are those who need the capability and storage and seating of a full sized and the need wont change.
 

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Theres no way the full size market CAN die.

As Bronie listed:
1. There will always be a demand because people want to be able to lug around their family of 8 along with all their luggage for a family vacation in one vehicle.

2. Full-size SUVs will always be one of the least efficient types of vehicles that you can buy.
No Prius can haul My family of 5, cottage gear and tow a boat. And what vehicles like QX80 give up in efficiency they make big gains in terms of practicality and capability.
 

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Theres no way the full size market CAN die.

As Bronie listed:


No Prius can haul My family of 5, cottage gear and tow a boat. And what vehicles like QX80 give up in efficiency they make big gains in terms of practicality and capability.
Exactly.

The only difference these days is that not everyone and their mother is driving a big V8 tahoe, those days are long gone. Most are down to fuel efficient cars and the people making real money drive the big truck based vehicles that drink gas.
 

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Exactly.

The only difference these days is that not everyone and their mother is driving a big V8 tahoe, those days are long gone. Most are down to fuel efficient cars and the people making real money drive the big truck based vehicles that drink gas.
I don't think that the people with money drive big cars like it used to be. You see few Escalades, Yukons, QX80s, etc on the street today. And the Hummer doesn't even exist anymore.

Perhaps only rich people drive the big truck based vehicles because they are the only ones who can afford it, but many rich people also drive efficient vehicles. I don't think the deciding factor is how much money you have is all I'm saying.
 

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not entirely true. people who drive big cars either need them or like them.

doesnt mean they are wealthy. if they were wealthy they would get multiple cars for everyone in their family. just road trip with 4 cars. lol
 

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not entirely true. people who drive big cars either need them or like them.

doesnt mean they are wealthy. if they were wealthy they would get multiple cars for everyone in their family. just road trip with 4 cars. lol
rich people don't road trip, they sky trip. Most of the demand for body on frame SUVs is exactly as was pointed out above. Need. Thats why if you're a city slicker you dont see too many, even in the suburbs. But where you really see alot of them is out in the country. Alot of these people tow big boats with thier SUVs. Also property taxes, cost of living and the price of a home is MUCH less out in the country. In some places a $100,000 house in the sticks is equal to a $500,000 home in the suburbs, leaving these people with more disposible income to fiddle with. Its not so much about how much money you have, but how much disposable money you have.

Although you do see large luxury SUVs fairly frequently in the city.
 

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rich people don't road trip, they sky trip. Most of the demand for body on frame SUVs is exactly as was pointed out above. Need. Thats why if you're a city slicker you dont see too many, even in the suburbs. But where you really see alot of them is out in the country. Alot of these people tow big boats with thier SUVs. Also property taxes, cost of living and the price of a home is MUCH less out in the country. In some places a $100,000 house in the sticks is equal to a $500,000 home in the suburbs, leaving these people with more disposible income to fiddle with. Its not so much about how much money you have, but how much disposable money you have.

Although you do see large luxury SUVs fairly frequently in the city.
That or even go on a little get away on the yacht
Rich people dream of boats and bigger boats, and then bigger boats.
 

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rich people don't road trip, they sky trip. Most of the demand for body on frame SUVs is exactly as was pointed out above. Need. Thats why if you're a city slicker you dont see too many, even in the suburbs. But where you really see alot of them is out in the country. Alot of these people tow big boats with thier SUVs. Also property taxes, cost of living and the price of a home is MUCH less out in the country. In some places a $100,000 house in the sticks is equal to a $500,000 home in the suburbs, leaving these people with more disposible income to fiddle with. Its not so much about how much money you have, but how much disposable money you have.

Although you do see large luxury SUVs fairly frequently in the city.
most of the time I see people driving luxury SUVs

its the wife inside the car and usually noone else.
 

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saw a young girl driving a mercedes SLS yesterday. must be the boyfriends or dads. or maybe shes just very rich and has a love for mercedes sports cars XD
 

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Two things:

1. I didn't realize this segment was growing this year. Not expecting that. I wonder where the growth is coming from.

2. Why can't the girlfriend make the money and buy the car?

saw a young girl driving a mercedes SLS yesterday. must be the boyfriends or dads. or maybe shes just very rich and has a love for mercedes sports cars XD
 

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Could be due to people finally bringing in more money and recovering from recession. Some rather buy this than go for a German SUV, play it safe
 

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Two things:

1. I didn't realize this segment was growing this year. Not expecting that. I wonder where the growth is coming from.

2. Why can't the girlfriend make the money and buy the car?
oh of course she can

but most girls aren't as inclined to dump money into super expensive cars when compared to men

its like how women spend money on clothes more then men

men spend more money on cars compared to girls.

though its def starting to change
 

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I think I found the answer:

Women are attracted to men with nice cars. Men are attracted to girls who wear cool clothes.

I don't think anyone is attracted to someone driving a QX80 though. Not really the best ride to pick up girls in.
 
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