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Grand Cherokee, Wrangler outsold Explorer

by Bill Cawthon on

Jeep Grand Cherokee production-intent concept.

According to figures released this morning, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Jeep Wrangler both outsold the Ford Explorer in June. The Explorer, which has been the top-selling non-compact SUV, came in with 15,588 June deliveries compared to 16,626 for the Grand Cherokee and 16,165 for the Wrangler.

Ford’s official figures split out the Explorer-based Police Interceptor Utility, which is marketed and sold as a different vehicle. However, even adding the PI Utility’s 1,009 sales still leaves the Explorer behind the Grand Cherokee.

For 2012, Ford sold 164,207 Explorers, while Jeep sold 154,734 Grand Cherokees, a fairly close run.

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, in production now, dramatically boosted the desirability of the V6 models by adding an efficient eight-speed automatic to aid acceleration, responsiveness, and fuel economy; that transmission is also standard on V8 and diesel models.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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