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Jeep hits a million worldwide sales

by Bill Cawthon on

With November sales to be reported next week and December sales still to come, the Detroit Free Press reported that Jeep reached a million worldwide sales early this month.

The news came from a “Freep” interview with Jeep CEO Mike Manley, who said sales reached 1,013,000 at the end of October and that the tally was official around November 6.


That gives Jeep plenty of time to beat the 2014 record of 1,017,000 sales, just in time for the brand’s 75th anniversary.

Manley said global sales are up 22% this year and FCA is looking to hit 1.2 million deliveries by the end of December.

The new compact SUV that will replace the Compass and Patriot is still on schedule for a late 2016 rollout, as a 2017 model. Manley told the Freep’s Alisa Priddle that no decision has yet been made on the name.

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, 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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