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FCA’s U.S. sales down again

by Chris Vander Doelen on

FCA’s U.S. sales slipped another 10 percent in September, with Alfa Romeo and some Jeeps the rare bright spots among the products as total group sales pegged 174,266 units, down from 192,883 for the same month in 2016.

Alfa Romeo moved 1,268 units, up from 41 the same month last year as the Stelvio and Giulia reached showrooms. Of the other brands, even Jeep was down four percent in a month which saw double-digit sales gains at GM (12 percent) and an 8.7-percent jump at Ford, mostly due to strong truck sales

Dodge took the biggest hit in the FCA family, with sales sliding 30 percent to 29,938, down from 42,935 vehicles sold in September last year.

FCA’s sales have now lagged for 13 straight months, even as the rest of the industry is expected to record a slight increase in total sales in September, partly due to hurricane replacement purchases in Texas.

Chrysler sales were down 16 percent, to 15,759 units as the 200 and Town & Country retired – and despite an 18 percent sales gain for the model which replaced the old minivan. The Pacifica sold 10,835 units in September in the U.S., up from 9,172 the same month last year.

The discontinuation of the Patriot continued to hurt Jeep sales, even though the Renegade was up 38 percent to 9,350 units and the Compass jumped a healthy 75 per cent to 11,356 units. Grand Cherokee sales remained strong with a 20 percent gain in September, the nameplate up to a brand-leading 22,270 units from 18,507 the same 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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