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Canada, Mexico sales

by David Zatz on

FCA Canada reported a 9% drop in sales for August 2017, with 19,648 cars and trucks changing hands. Ram pickups and the Jeep® Compass set August sales records; the pickups’ 8,043 sales (up 26% from last August) accounted for a huge chunk of the total. Alfa Romeo sold 70 Giulias and 45 Stelvios.

The biggest percentage drops came from the Patriot (725 to 48), 200 (1,010 to 5), 300 (137 to 69), Journey (1,583 to 597), Caravan (4,040 to 2,684), Dart, and Fiat as a whole (172 to 78).  Of these, the Journey and Caravan hurt the most.

This was the worst August for FCA Canada/Chrysler Canada since 2011. However, year to date figures are down by just 3%, compared with January-August 2016.

FCA México reported its best August in nine years, with 8,850 vehicles sold (up 13% from 2016), the opposite of FCA US’s August. A large part of that came from newly added cars, made by Mitsubishi and Fiat and sold under the Dodge and Ram names.

Chrysler had just 76 sales, all but four of them Pacificas. Dodge gained by 6% to 3,249, but nearly half of those were “badge engineered” Attitudes; and around a third were the also badge-engineered Vision and Neon.  Jeep rose by 11%, to 1,006, and Ram rose by 15% to 2,043 (driven by the Fiat-based ProMaster Rapid and 700).

Fiat had its best August ever, with 1,290 sales; and Mitsubishi had 1,147, most of which were the Mirage and L200 pickup. Mitsu sales were up by 20% and set an August record.

 

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