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FCA gains on GM, Honda; lower growth than many

by David Zatz on

Pent-up demand for pickups by Ford loyalists propelled the “blue oval” to a big gain in September, but Fiat Chrysler’s US growth was higher than most other automakers.

Every FCA US brand but Chrysler gained, with a total 13.6% gain over September 2014 (as for FCA as a whole, Ferrari gained one sale and Maserati lost 34%). At Ford, the monthly gain was 23.3% — though year to date, FCA US still has higher growth.


GM had a respectable 12.5% increase, Honda 13.1%, and VW-Audi 7.3%, but both were below FCA US. However, Toyota (16.2%), Mitsubishi (36%), Hyundai-Kia (17.8%), and some minor automakers gained share over FCA. The industry’s average gain was 15.7% over September 2014.

Volkswagen-Audi was an interesting case, with Audi apparently untainted by the “Volkswagen diesel” scandal. Media professionals may be to blame for this, since they consistently refer to “Volkswagen” as having faked numbers, not Volkswagen-Audi. Audi sales grew by 16% while Volkswagen held steady with a 1% gain.

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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