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Jeep sets its world record a month early

FCA has had its share of bad news so far this month, with the last 200 rolling off the line, sales down in the US and Canada, diesel Ram 1500s still delayed by regulatory review (Ram is not unique — many diesels are being held up), and, making it worse, nearly every other automaker having a fine November sales report.

On the lighter side, the worldwide Jeep sales record set last year has already been broken this year,

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This is the last Chrysler 200

The car that made “Imported From Detroit” famous will no longer be made in (okay, near) the Motor City.  The final Chrysler 200 was made at the Sterling Heights Assembly Plant today, a silver Limited.

With low (if any) profit margins and dismal sales in a shrinking segment, the 200 had some critical acclaim but ended up invisible as buyers went for Toyotas, Hondas, Chevys, and Fords.  

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Meet the first retail hybrid minivan

Chrysler has produced its first official hybrid minivan for retail sale; production started yesterday.

All Chrysler minivans are made in Windsor, Ontario, which has built them for 33 years — making 10 million of the people-movers (St. Louis built another 4.3 million).

The batteries are installed under the floor, using a carefully shaped case, where the Stow ’n’ Go cavities would normally be.

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Challenger T/As rolling out

Both the Dodge Charger Daytona and the Dodge Challenger T/A made a splash at the 2016 Woodward Dream Cruise. Ordering opened soon after, on Thursday, October 13, and sources have told us that production has now started, as well.

The company had said that early buyers can expect to get their car  before the end of the calendar year, which remains true.

The Dodge Challenger T/A hasn’t been offered since its first year,

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Still #4 after the slip

FCA US, the former Chrysler Corporation plus Fiat and Alfa Romeo, remains in fourth place in US sales, even during a month when competitors gained.

As usual, General Motors, shorn of Buick, Oldsmobile, and Saturn, came in at #1, without any dispute and with gains for Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC alike.  Toyota edged out Ford for #2, 197,645 vs 196,441; Ford had a very good month indeed,

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All-new 2013 Dodge Dart

Sales, plants, and the future

The November sales drop, coming at the same time as incentive increases, can be troubling, but it was also predictable. Even though other automakers gained while FCA US lost, the month’s drop was largely caused by company strategies and plans.

First, there was the Dodge Dart. It was rushed into production in typical Chrysler fashion — some say to give Fiat a bunch of Chrysler shares,

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FCA México sales up; Canada TBD

With Canadian sales still to be released, and likely lower than last November’s, FCA México has already issued their own good news — a 5% sales hike to 10,432 sales.

The news may not be exciting for former-Chrysler-Corporation fans, with most of the gains coming in badge-engineered vehicles and Mitsubishis, which are sold by FCA in Mexico. For example, of 3,803 Dodge sales, 2,272 are Attitudes and 358 are Neons;

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