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Hottest year ever for Jeep

by Bill Cawthon on

Last year, customers around the world bought 1,401,321 new Jeeps— 13% over the record 1.2 million sold in 2015.

2016 was the brand’s seventh consecutive year of sales growth;  Jeep turnover has soared by nearly 38% in just the past two years.

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Growth in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, and a new record in Europe were around 80% of the worldwide total; North American and Europe accounted for 1,115,899 deliveries in 2016.

Chinese joint-venture production of the Jeep Cherokee and Renegade set a record of 118,763 sales through November, the latest month for which figures are available.

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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