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FCA México’s good October

by Bill Cawthon on

FCA México delivered 8,558 new vehicles in October, the best October sales volume since 2010 and the tenth consecutive month of year-over-year growth.  Chrysler brands accounted for 6,500 of those sales. Dodge took the lion’s share with total sales of 2,539 cars and light trucks; Ram was next in line with 1,832, a 34% gain.

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The Dodge Attitude (a rebadged Mitsubishi Mirage) set a new October sales record, while the Ram 700 (a rebadged Fiat Strada pickup) set an all-time sale record last month.

Jeep dealers reported 1,767 deliveries, bringing the October North American total to 81,837 for the month and to 791,376 for the first ten months of the year.

Alfa Romeo had its best month since it hit México, with the MiTo and Giulietta both gaining ground, selling 26 cars.

Mitsubishi branded cars and pickups were up by 48% in October, marking 16 consecutive months of double-digit gains for the brand — not including Dodge Attitude sales (the Attitude is a Mitsubishi-badged Dodge).

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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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