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FCA US sales down, but…

by David Zatz on

FCA US LLC reported 152,218 US sales in the first month of 2017, an 11% drop from January 2016. Part of that fall is due to a strategy of slashing daily-rental fleet sales, to make lease residuals more attractive; the company cut fleet sales by 31%, to 42,868. Retail sales were actually flat, at 109,350 — around 72% of January sales.

The 2017 numbers were well below 2016, but still above corrected 2010-2015 sales.

Ram gained by 5%, with the pickups rising by 4%.  Grand Cherokee gained by 24%; Renegade picked up lost Patriot sales, and the pair, combined, were roughly even with last year. The Cherokee dropped by 25% and Compass by 50%.

At Chrysler, the news was mostly bad, with 200 down by 60%, 300 down by 17%, and minivans, combined, down from 11,422 to 6,808.

Dodge was down by 17%, with only Journey gaining (9%); Caravan held steady but Durango dropped by 22%, Challenger fell 40%, and Charger fell by 19%. Dart sales, as expected, plummeted by 74%.

Alfa Romeo sold 70 Giulias and 38 4Cs, while Fiat saw a 24% gain in 500 sales but ended up down 9%, with a mere 2,164 cars moving. Thanks to the Levante, Maserati made a good showing with a hefty 69% increase.

General Motors dropped by 4%, but retail sales fell by 5%. Ford sales fell by 0.6%, and the company did not report retail sales. Nissan gained by 6%, while Toyota (the brand) slid by 9% and Lexus, by 26%.

Month Sales Vol % CYTD Sales Vol %
Model Curr Yr Pr Yr Change Curr Yr Pr Yr Change
200 1,861 4,685 -60% 1,861 4,685 -60%
300 4,708 5,665 -17% 4,708 5,665 -17%
Town & Country 138 11,383 -99% 138 11,383 -99%
Pacifica 6,670 39 New 6,670 39 New
CHRYSLER 13,377 21,772 -39% 13,377 21,772 -39%
Dart 1,397 5,280 -74% 1,397 5,280 -74%
Avenger 0 9 -100% 0 9 -100%
Charger 7,153 8,782 -19% 7,153 8,782 -19%
Challenger 3,393 5,661 -40% 3,393 5,661 -40%
Viper 53 28 89% 53 28 89%
Journey 12,636 11,586 9% 12,636 11,586 9%
Caravan 10,770 10,955 -2% 10,770 10,955 -2%
Durango 4,707 6,001 -22% 4,707 6,001 -22%
DODGE 40,109 48,302 -17% 40,109 48,302 -17%
Compass 3,164 6,271 -50% 3,164 6,271 -50%
Patriot 4,700 8,584 -45% 4,700 8,584 -45%
Wrangler 11,334 10,987 3% 11,334 10,987 3%
Cherokee 12,551 16,783 -25% 12,551 16,783 -25%
Grand Cherokee 17,301 13,975 24% 17,301 13,975 24%
Renegade 9,365 6,167 52% 9,365 6,167 52%
JEEP 58,415 62,767 -7% 58,415 62,767 -7%
Ram P/U 33,769 32,564 4% 33,769 32,564 4%
Cargo Van 0 2 -100% 0 2 -100%
ProMaster Van 3,351 2,342 43% 3,351 2,342 43%
ProMaster City 925 1,156 -20% 925 1,156 -20%
RAM 38,045 36,064 5% 38,045 36,064 5%
Giulia 70 0 New 70 0 New
Alfa 4C 38 68 -44% 38 68 -44%
ALFA ROMEO 108 68 59% 108 68 59%
500 1,218 981 24% 1,218 981 24%
500L 106 357 -70% 106 357 -70%
500X 600 1,041 -42% 600 1,041 -42%
Spider 240 0 New 240 0 New
FIAT 2,164 2,379 -9% 2,164 2,379 -9%
MASERATI 889 525 69% 889 525 69%
Cars and Minivans 37,815 53,893 -30% 37,815 53,893 -30%
Crossovers 76,358 81,395 -6% 76,358 81,395 -6%
Trucks and Vans 38,045 36,064 5% 38,045 36,064 5%
Total Exc. Maserati 152,218 171,352 -11% 152,218 171,352 -11%

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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