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FCA #1 in CUV/SUV sales

by Bill Cawthon on

Thanks to high sales of stalwarts such as the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee, along with outstanding growth from the Dodge Durango and Dodge Journey, FCA was once again the top US crossover/SUV source in January.

Dodge  and Jeep sold 74,585 utilities and wagons last month, slipping by General Motors to take the lead with 1,608 more sales. Ford was third.


Jeep kicked off 2016 just like it finished 2015: the top brand in the hottest market.

Company Jan 2016 Change   Brand Jan 2016 Change
FCA US 74,585 20.0%   Jeep 59,032 14.6%
GM 72,977 -2.5% Ford 50,212 3.3%
Ford 54,905 4.1% Toyota 41,618 13.2%
Toyota 53,900 2.2% Chevrolet 38,803 -8.2%
Honda 38,892 -11.8% Nissan 32,521 13.2%
Nissan 37,487 16.6% Honda 32,212 13.2%

Sales of crossovers and SUVs rose again in January, as passenger car sales fell. Crossovers and utilities are poised to replace sedans and coupes as the most popular vehicles in the US.


Dodge and Jeep were among the top five growth brands in January (along with Maserati) as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, and Fiat were the biggest losers.

Winners   Losers
Buick 18,269 45.5% Alfa Romeo 67 -30.9%
Scion 5,099 38.2% Chrysler 18,214 -22.1%
Dodge 42,109 19.1%   Fiat 2,594 -20.3%
Maserati 525 16.2% Smart 399 -18.9%
Jeep 59,032 14.6% Bentley 81 -15.6%


FCA was just 6,246 sales behind third-place Toyota in January. It was 49,303 ahead of fifth-place Nissan, which passed Honda last month.

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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