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Canadian FCA sales slip 6%

by Chris Vander Doelen on

 

Record sales of RAM trucks helped FCA Canada avoid the group’s larger sales drop in the U.S., but September purchases were still off by six percent north of the border, compared to a year ago.

FCA Canada’s total sales for the month were 18,444 units, down 6.1 percent from the 19,639 sold in 2016. RAM brand saved the day, with sales jumping to 8,136, up 16 percent from the 6,987 sold in September, 2016.

That was a year-to-date record for RAM. Sales of pickups were 7,732, up 14 percent from 2016’s sales of 6,655; sales of the ProMaster Van leaped 148 percent – to 357 units, up from 144 a year ago. Sales of  the City version of the ProMaster, however, were down 75 percent – to 47 units from 188 last year.

 

Jeep sales were down 28 percent, to 4,031 from 5,600 the same month last year. Compass was the only nameplate to gain for the brand: up 268 per cent, to 548 from 149 a year ago with the introduction of the new model. But the rest of the brand suffered. Cherokee was down 34 percent, to 1,559 from 2,357 in 2016. Grand Cherokee was off one percent, to 730 units compared to 735 last year. Wrangler was down 36 percent, to 950, from 1,476 the year before.

Dodge sales were down 9.5 percent, to 5,419 this September from 5,989 in 2016. The Durango SUV, however, was up nine percent.

Chrysler sales were down 33 percent, to 597 from 893 last year. The Windsor-built Pacifica slipped 11 percent in its own market, to 444 units from 501 last September. But the Brampton-built 300 was up 72 percent, to 110 from 64 last year.

The rollouts of the Alfa brand’s Stelvio and Giulia saw 38 of the former and 65 of the latter sold. The 4C moved six units, up from one last year.

Fiat was down 10 percent, although the 500 gained 38 per cent with a jump to 83 units, up from 60 last year. The Spider was down 52 percent, to 30 sales compared to 63 for the month last year.

Chris Vander Doelen was Opinion Editor and columnist of The Windsor Star until December, 2016; He was the Star's automotive reporter and columnist for seven years, and had also covered the political and gambling beats. With his wife, Veronique Mandal, he wrote the book Chasing Lightning (1999). Chris won a National Newspaper Award in 1997 and more than a dozen provincial news awards. There is a Chrysler 300 in his driveway.


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