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EuroJeeps almost at 5 digit sales

by Bill Cawthon on

European Jeep registration came within 132 units of hitting the 10,000 mark in May, reaching 9,868 — up 30% from May 2015. Registrations were up in all primary EU countries — France, Germany, Italy, and Spain.


Year to date, 45,268 new Jeeps have been registered in the EU, 24% more than in the first five months of 2015.

Around three quarters of these Jeeps are the new Renegade, whose sales shot up by nearly 53%. Combined with its Fiat clone, the 500X, the Melfi twins brought in more than 18% of total FCA deliveries.

FCA sales rose by more than 25%, outpacing Europe’s 16% growth. The Fiat brand rose by around 27%, to 74,519 in May; Lancia burst forward with a rise of nearly 32%.  Alfa Romeo came up 59 cars short, a 1% decline with 5,522 deliveries, while Maserati was about even with 559, down from 562.

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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