SUVs, Crossovers Beat Out Sedans for “Most Popular” Title

Chances are an SUV or crossover vehicle just passed you on the road. Perhaps even while you were driving an SUV or crossover yourself. Why are we willing to go out on a limb with this? Because SUVs and crossover vehicles have overtaken sedans as the most popular vehicle body style in the U.S., according to analysis of new vehicle retail registrations by IHS Automotive. In fact, SUVs and crossovers now account for 36.5% of the new vehicle market versus 35.4% for sedans.

The Jeep Cherokee, among others, is credited with being a “key” driver in the growth of the SUV and crossover segment. According to the study, consumers appreciate such attributes as a higher seating position, higher ground clearance, more interior space, and towing capacity.

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Interestingly, even as little as 5 years ago, sedans held the number one spot with 36.3%, while SUVs and crossovers accounted for 31.4%.

“The sedan no longer holds the dominant position it once did,” said IHS Automotive in a statement. “Through the first five months of 2014, the most popular body style in the industry among individual consumers has been SUVs and crossovers.”

Beside the Cherokee, check out some of our popular SUVs and crossover vehicles!

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Kia Sorento

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Kia Sportage

Kia Soul

Mitsubishi Outlander

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Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Dodge Durango

2014 Dodge Journey Limited

Dodge Journey

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Compass

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Jeep Patriot

Happening This Weekend: Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival

It’s hard to drive down Route 30 in Irwin and not see a Jim Shorkey Jeep waving to another Jim Shorkey Jeep. Turns out, you Jeep drivers are not alone.

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This weekend, over 1,500 Jeeps from across the country are expected to assemble in Butler, PA for the Bantam Jeep Heritage Festival. The festival is a tribute event for the father of all jeeps, the history behind it, the people who created it, and its birthplace, Butler, PA.

The main event is at Coopers Lake Campground while the Jeep Invasion takes place in Downtown Butler. Other festivities and happenings include off-road trails, Jeep Playground, Show ‘n Shine, WWII Encampment, history exhibit, vendors, and more. New for this year is the Bantam Jeep Muddy 5K race.

If Jeeps are your thing, there’s one thing for certain—there will be no shortage of waves in Butler this weekend!

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Contact Information:

Cooper’s Lake Campground

205 Currie Road, Slippery Rock, PA 16057

Toll Free: 724-234-2291

Local: 724-234-2291

http://www.bantamjeepfestival.com/

Lights, Camera, Action! New Chrysler and Jeep Videos

Car shopping can be a long and laborious process that, frankly, many people do not have time for. Here at Jim Shorkey, we strive to make this process easier and more convenient. Recently, Rich Stevens, sales associate (and budding movie star!) at our Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram store in Irwin, put together some videos to help you save time! Start your car shopping here with Jim Shorkey and check out the 2015 Chrysler 200, 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk, and the 2014 Jeep Patriot videos from the comfort of your living room. Then stop by the store and let Rich know which vehicle you want to test drive!