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FCA US gains while Ford plummets

by David Zatz on

FCA US LLC today reported U.S. sales of 199,819 vehicles, a 15% gain over September 2017 sales (174,266) — in a month where Ford sales fell. Both retail and total sales were the highest in 18 Septembers; the company made 149,713 sales in September, driven by Ram pickups and the Jeep Cherokee and Compass.  25% of the total were fleet sales.

The Compass gained by 46%, easily flooding the loss of the Patriot; it appears that some Renegade buyers were swayed over to the Compass, with Renegade sales dropping by 13%. The Grand Cherokee also saw a 13% drop, and it may be that some potential buyers went to the revised Cherokee instead — the midrange Jeep Cherokee boasted an 87% gain in sales, easily becoming the best seller of the brand.

Ram posted a 10% gain, to 51,856 sales for the month. Dodge saw mixed results, with a stunning 344% gain in Caravan sales. The only continuing product with a loss was the Charger, down by 25%; at least the Challenger gained (by 14%), and the doddering old Journey was strong with a 48% gain to 9,336 sales. The Caravan was the best seller, followed by Journey, and then Charger and Durango.

Chrysler and Fiat continued to suffer, with Chrysler down by 7% — Pacifica down 2%, 300 down 4%, and no more new 200s to sell — and Fiat down by a stunning 46%, with a mere 529 500s changing hands (despite new standard equipment including a turbocharged engine). The Spider and 500X matched sales with 286 each, and the newly revised 500L barely made any sales at all — just 84.

Alfa Romeo had a relatively good month, with a 29% gain to 1,639 sales, its three cars easily beating Fiat’s four. The Stelvio outsold the Giulia, as it was supposed to, 864 to 756.   Maserati sales, not counted in the FCA US totals, fell by 15%, dropping to 950 — nearly as many as Fiat.

As for Ford, sales dropped by 11%, with cars falling faster than trucks — but both dropping from last September. GM’s not reporting monthly these days, but Honda’s down 7%, Nissan’s down 12%, and the mighty Toyota is down 10%.

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