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FCA Canada reports best April sales since 1989

by Bill Cawthon on

FCA Canada just finished its best April sales month in over a quarter of a century. It’s been 26 years since the Canadian operation posted higher total April sales back in April 1989.

Last month’s 27,473 deliveries were 1.0% ahead of last year while Chrysler brand sales rose 3.5%.

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After the first four months of 2015, FCA Canada remains the top automaker in the country, but General Motors took the crown for the month of April. FCA dropped to second, 1,654 sales behind GM and 166 sales ahead of Ford, according to estimates from Desrosiers Automotive Consulting.

Passenger car sales were up 51.4% in April 2015 while light truck turnover fell 5.2%.

Deliveries of the Canadian-built Chrysler 300, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger soared in April with the Charger and Challenger up by triple-digits. The Chrysler 300 is Canada’s best-selling full-size car.

Jeep sales were also up by double-digits, led by the Cherokee and Wrangler witht he Cherokee setting an all-time sales record.

Jeep sales have set a sales record every month since February 2014.

FCA CANADA SALES APRIL 2015 & YTD
Model Apr-15 Apr-14 Change YTD 2015 YTD 2014 Change
Chrysler 200 1,761 526 234.8% 4,134 2,384 73.4%
Chrysler 300 884 555 59.3% 1,808 1,416 27.7%
Town & Country 215 1,264 -83.0% 2,171 3,226 -32.7%
Chrysler Brand 2,860 2,345 22.0% 8,113 7,026 15.5%
Dart 231 617 -62.6% 1,306 2,357 -44.6%
Avenger 0 60 -100.0% 8 367 -97.8%
Charger 783 231 239.0% 2,174 1,994 9.0%
Challenger 488 171 185.4% 1,033 558 85.1%
Viper 18 15 20.0% 33 34 -2.9%
Journey 2,474 2,611 -5.2% 7,198 8,123 -11.4%
Caravan 3,618 4,724 -23.4% 13,875 15,854 -12.5%
Durango 579 378 53.2% 1,175 1,193 -1.5%
Dodge Brand 8,191 8,807 -7.0% 26,802 30,480 -12.1%
Compass 447 643 -30.5% 1,044 1,878 -44.4%
Patriot 720 546 31.9% 2,674 1,680 59.2%
Wrangler 2,378 2,305 3.2% 6,509 6,342 2.6%
Cherokee 2,720 1,701 59.9% 7,770 5,785 34.3%
Grand Cherokee 1,041 950 9.6% 3,328 3,260 2.1%
Renegade 180 0 NEW 181 0 NEW
Jeep Brand 7,486 6,145 21.8% 21,506 18,945 13.5%
Ram Pickup 8,120 8,339 -2.6% 28,767 27,155 5.9%
Cargo Van 47 137 -65.7% 800 618 29.4%
ProMaster Van 115 181 -36.5% 1,046 652 60.4%
ProMaster City 40 0 NEW 528 0 NEW
Ram Brand 8,322 8,657 -3.9% 31,141 28,425 9.6%
Total Chrysler Brands 26,859 25,954 3.5% 87,562 84,876 3.2%
Alfa 4C 5 0 NEW 15 0 NEW
Alfa Brand 5 0 NEW 15 0 NEW
Fiat 500 345 808 -57.3% 647 1,451 -55.4%
Fiat 500L 264 450 -41.3% 857 1,018 -15.8%
Fiat Brand 609 1,258 -51.6% 1,504 2,469 -39.1%
Fiat + Alfa 614 1,258 -51.2% 1,519 2,469 -38.5%
TOTAL FCA US 27,473 27,212 1.0% 89,081 87,345 2.0%
Car/Truck Sales
Total Cars 4,515 2,983 51.4% 11,158 10,561 5.7%
Total Light Trucks 22,958 24,229 -5.2% 77,923 76,784 1.5%

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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