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FCA issues 3rd quarter sales results for the United States

by Patrick Rall on

This morning, FCA issued the United States sales numbers for the third quarter of 2020 and like just about everything else in 2020, they are not good. Overall, the company is down 10% from the same period last year with Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Fiat all posting negative growth, but with the continued impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, these numbers don’t come as much of a surprise. The slow sales aren’t specific to FCA, with every automaker struggling through these unprecedented times.

However, with the industry as a whole going through such a tough period, sales across the board aren’t really all that bad. Here is a look at the 3rd quarter numbers for FCA in 2020.

2020 Q3 Sales

Overall, FCA sold 507,351 vehicles in the United States in July, August and September. That represents a decline of 10% over the same period last year when 565,034 units were sold in the USA.

The Jeep brand led the company in sales units last month at 222,212, down 9% from Q3 2019. The Gladiator was the only model to show positive growth, up 37%, while the Grand Cherokee was the volume lead with 56,447 units sold. The Wrangler was a close second at 54,071.

The Ram Truck brand ranked second among FCA in terms of 2020 Q3 sales with a total of 175,175 pickups sold. That is a 2% decline from last year, making Ram the strongest of the FCA core brands in terms of year-over-year performance. Of course, the Ram pickup led the way for the brand that shares its name, with 156,157 trucks sold representing a decline of just 3%.

Dodge was third in terms of sales units with 71,936 vehicles sold in July, August and September. That is a 31% drop from 2019 Q3, making it the worst of the FCA core brands. While Dodge has obviously taken a big hit during the pandemic, there is more to the Dodge brand’s decline this year. Right now, Dodge really only markets the Charger, Challenger and Durango, excluding the Journey for the most part. Journey sales are down 40%, but the Caravan has an even bigger impact. With the minivan being discontinued, sales are down 78% and nearly 22,000 units. The Dodge brand is down roughly 33,000 units from last year, but the Journey and Caravan account for more than 28,000 of that difference.

The top seller from Dodge is the Charger, down 10% with 23,547 units sold and the Challenger is second, down 9% to 16,332 muscle cars sold in the past three months. Meanwhile Durango sales are up 3% to 15,957. Also, it should be noted that two new Vipers – from the 2017 model year – were sold during the third quarter of 2020. FCA hasn’t reported a Viper sale since June of 2019.

Finally, the only FCA core brand to show positive year-over-year growth, up 8% with 31,870 units sold. This improvement is almost entirely thanks to the Pacifica minivan, which is up 32% with 28,696 units sold. The only other model in the Chrysler lineup is the 300, which is down 60% at 3,170.

Fiat and Alfa

While the American brands from FCA didn’t have a great quarter, things went pretty well for Alfa Romeo during the 3rd quarter of 2020. With 5,056 units sold, Alfa was up 17% over last year.

The Stelvio leads the way with 2,843 units sold, up 27%. The Giulia is also up, climbing 8% with 2,192 sleek sedans sold over the past three months.

 2020 Year-to-Date

On the year, FCA is down 20%, selling 1,321,205 cars, trucks, vans and SUVs during the 3rd quarter of 2020. In 2019, the same three-month period saw 1,661,114 new FCA vehicles sold in the United States.

Jeep leads in annual volume at 581,598, down 17%. Ram is second within the company with 443,345 trucks sold, down 13%. Dodge is next at 204,350, down 38% and Chrysler is 4th with 75,850 units and a decline of 19%. Fiat has moved 3,569 compacts this year, down 52% and Alfa is down 6% with 12,493 premium exotic Italian vehicles sold.

 

Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.


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