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Jeep star of FCA Asia

by David Zatz on

Jeep was responsible for a stunning 55% of Asia-Pacifica Fiat Chrysler sales in the second quarter, according to the company’s financial results. While the group’s sales fell by 20% (by revenue) from the prior year, mostly due to hits in China (27%) and Australia (9%), it did have gains in India (12%) and Japan (2%) which outperformed the market.

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Jeep sales are expected to increase in China once domestic production begins and a new dealer channel is set up in coordination with partner GAC. China penalizes imported cars heavily, favoring domestic production — which must be done as a joint venture, since foreign companies are not allowed to own more than half of any production facility in China.

By volume, Fiat sales plummeted in the Asia-Pacific region by a whopping 36%. By comparison, Jeep sales fell 7% and Dodge sales fell 8%.  Net revenues were up slightly, ending up at €1.5 billion on 46,000 units — reflecting more gross revenue per unit.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304


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