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Euro-Jeep sales are still rising

by Bill Cawthon on

The European Automobile Manufacturers Association reported registrations of 9,883 new Jeeps in June, fifteen cars closer to the 10,000 mark than in May and 16% ahead of June 2015 sales. Year-to-date registrations rose by nearly 23%, to 55,171 vehicles.

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Jeep sales were up in all major markets, shooting up by 61% in the United Kingdom. Sales also grew by 26% in Germany and 20% in Italy.

Jeep Renegade sales were up nearly 30%, to over 7,000 units, keeping its place as one of the top ten compact utilities in Europe and making it the clear driver of Jeep’s growth on the continent.

FCA saw a 13% rise in registrations in June, outpacing the industry’s 7% growth.  Alfa Romeo, whose Giulia is now on sale throughout Europe, was up by 23%, to 6,690. The core Fiat brand grew by 14% and retained leadership in the A (smallest-car) segment; the 500L, which FCA US couldn’t give away with green stamps in the US, is the the best-selling small MPV in Europe, with a market share of nearly 30%.

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The 500X is now one of the top four compact utilities in Europe. Combined with the Renegade, sales of the Melfi twins totaled more than 18,000 in June.

Maserati sales were up 8% in June but still trail 2015 in year-to-date numbers. Lancia was the sole loser in the lineup, with registrations down more than 9%.

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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