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by David Zatz on

Sales figures for all car companies are now out, giving a more clear picture of how well the former Chrysler did last month.

Spoiler alert: while FCA stock tanked, Fiat Chrysler did quite well.

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General Motors remains by far the largest seller in the US, with nearly 204,000 sales for January alone. This is just about one thousand cars more than in January 2015 — nearly a wash.  #2 Ford actually declined by 3%, falling to 172,478, nearly all from the eponymous Ford brand.

Toyota slipped by 5% to 161,283 sales, with Lexus and Toyota both sliding.  FCA, still #4, reached 155,742 sales, practically within spitting distance of Toyota — but neither analysts nor FCA itself expects to overtake the Japanese dynamo.

Nissan, once threatening to permanently displace FCA as the #4, came in at 105,734 sales, up by 2%. Given that Fiat and Alfa Romeo combined accounted for fewer than 3,000 sales, the former Chrysler brands alone would have no problem beating Nissan.

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Honda slipped by 2%, to 100,497, not far from Nissan. Hyundai-Kia was essentially flat, with 500 extra sales, ending up at 83,316.

The only other automaker with over 40,000 sales was, surprisingly, Subaru — with 41,101 (up by 300) — a true success story given that the brand was near death before Paul Hogan started pitching the Outback. Volkswagen Group (including Audi, Porsche, Bentley, and Laborghini) was down by just 7% despite the inability to sell diesels; chances are that when their emissions solution is finally created and accepted, Volkswagen will start up again where they’d left off. The scandal does not seem to have affected Audi, which was up by 3%.

For more, see our detail page for Fiat Chrysler’s US sales. 

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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