European Jeep registrations rose by over 2% for the first quarter of 2017, with deliveries in March shooting up by 8.5%, according to numbers released this morning by the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA).

11,624 new Jeeps were registered in March, bringing the first quarter (January-March) total to 27,111. The major player, as it has been almost since it was introduced, was the Renegade, which is only now finding its legs in the USA.

March was the best month for Jeep so far in 2017. Registrations fell 6% in January, and rose slightly more than 1% in February.

Total registrations across all makers rose by 11% in March, so Jeep's market share fell slightly. Still, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles registrations were up by more than 18%, making them one of the hottest automakers in the market. Thanks to the Giulia and new Stelvio, Alfa Romeo registrations soared 48%; and the Levante boosted Maserati by 84%. Even Lancia beat the industry, with deliveries up 15% in March.