The conversion-vehicle market’s dramatic slide continued in February, according to data gathered by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).
Factory-to-dealer shipments of converted vans fell 32.4% in February to 2,300 units, compared with 3,400 in February 2003, the RVIA reports.
After the first two months of this year, van-conversion deliveries were down 30.8% to 4,500 units, compared with 6,500 during the same period a year earlier.
Shipments of converted pickups plunged 53.3% in February to 700 units, compared with 1,500 a year earlier. After the first two months of this year, deliveries of converted pickups were down 46.9% to 1,700 units, compared with 3,200 a year earlier.
Deliveries of converted sport utility vehicles (SUVs) also declined 60% in February to 200 units, compared with 500 a year earlier. After the first two months of this year, converted SUV shipments were down 54.5% to 500 units, compared with 1,100 a year earlier.
In addition to the fact the major auto manufacturers’ popular factory-built SUVs are a replacement for converted vans, this past summer DaimlerChrysler stopped building the RAM full-size van, which was a widely used van-conversion platform.
So far, DaimlerChrysler is not offering in significant numbers its German-built Sprinter delivery van as a substitute for the RAM van in the conversion market.