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January FCA production by the numbers

by Bill Cawthon on

While a light truck had the highest production increase, cars were the big story when it came to January production at FCA plants in North America.

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With the exception of the Chrysler 300 and the discontinued Lancia Thema, orders for every other car were up significantly last month.

Chrysler car production soared 60.4% in January, completely due to orders for the 200 sedan. Schedule cutbacks for the Chrysler 300 and Town & Country dropped the total brand increase to 27.9%.

Dodge’s car total, which dropped 3.4%, was dragged down by the Avenger, which had the highest production numbers of any Chrysler Group car last January. Factoring out the Avenger, orders for current Dodge brand cars increased 64.4% last month. The 149.9% increase in Dart output was the highest.

Dodge light truck output fell 11.7% with production curtailed on all three models. Combined with the car figures, Dodge production fell 8.0%.

Jeep builds were down as demand softened for the Compass, Patriot and Grand Cherokee. Cherokee production rose 14.5% to 25,575 units and there were modest increases in Wrangler production.

Total Ram brand production was up, despite schedule cutbacks for the Ram 1500. Total Ram truck (pickups and chassis-cabs) output was down 3.1%. As mentioned above, Ram Cargo Van builds rose 344.0% while ProMaster van production was 2.0% higher than last January.

Despite the cutback, the Ram truck still accounted for the highest production volume of any FCA North American model. The Jeep Cherokee was the runner-up, followed by the Grand Cherokee and the Chrysler 200. The Dodge Grand Caravan rounded out the top five.

FCA PRODUCTION BY MODEL – JAN. 2015
Model Jan-15 Jan-14 Change
Chrysler 200 sedan (1st gen.) 0 9,359 Disc.
Chrysler 200 sedan (2nd gen.) 18,797 0 New
Chrysler 300 5,503 5,792 -5.0%
Chrysler Town & Country 14,358 15,080 -4.8%
Total Chrysler Brand 38,658 30,231 27.9%
Dodge Avenger 0 13,352 Disc.
Dodge Challenger 7,654 5,292 44.6%
Dodge Charger 12,070 9,069 33.1%
Dodge Dart 11,481 4,595 149.9%
Dodge Viper 93 76 22.4%
Dodge Durango 5,917 6,775 -12.7%
Dodge Grand Caravan 14,693 18,131 -19.0%
Dodge Journey 14,508 14,887 -2.5%
Total Dodge Brand 66,416 72,177 -8.0%
Jeep Cherokee 25,575 22,329 14.5%
Jeep Compass 7,297 8,417 -13.3%
Jeep Grand Cherokee 22,152 25,663 -13.7%
Jeep Patriot 12,317 13,252 -7.1%
Jeep Wrangler 4,722 4,637 1.8%
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited 14,289 13,714 4.2%
Total Jeep Brand 86,352 88,012 -1.9%
Ram (Warren Truck) 24,467 26,789 -8.7%
Ram (Saltillo Truck) 18,913 17,975 5.2%
Ram Cargo Van 3,952 890 344.0%
Ram ProMaster 1,985 1,947 2.0%
Total Ram Brand 49,317 47,601 3.6%
Total Chrysler brands 240,743 238,021 1.1%
Fiat 500 4,727 3,712 27.3%
Fiat Freemont 1,612 1,657 -2.7%
Total Fiat 6,339 5,369 18.1%
Lancia Thema 0 33 Disc.
Lancia Grand Voyager 0 278 Disc.
Total Lancia 0 311 Disc.
Total Fiat brands 6,339 5,680 11.6%
FCA North America 247,082 243,701 1.4%
Source: Automotive News estimates

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 just-auto.com, 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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