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Take Your Pick From 150 Models in America’s Saturated SUV Market

  • LMC Automotive sees 50% jump in SUV model count this decade
  • Shift away from sedans ‘goes on and on,’ Nissan executive says

How many SUVs is too many? It’s not a question automotive product planners seem to be asking themselves, judging from the shiny sheet metal under the spotlights of this week’s Los Angeles Auto Show.

Fifteen football fields of space is crawling with crossovers from Nissan Motor Co. and Hyundai Motor Co. and beefier sport utility vehicles built by BMW AG and Toyota Motor Corp. By 2020, more than 150 such models will be selling in U.S. showrooms, 50 percent more than at the beginning of this decade, according to researcher LMC Automotive.