FCA, after reviewing its reported sales numbers, set up a new method of sales accounting to “clarify” monthly results. Under the new system, the company wrote that its streak of year-over-year sales increases ended in September 2013, when sales fell by 3% — making the streak just 41 months, rather than 75 and counting.


Sales also declined in August 2015 (off 1%) and May (down 7%) by the new method, which, among other things, does not count fleet sales until deliveries are made.

The total adjustment to the period from January 2011 to June 2016 was about 19,000 vehicles out of 7.7 million, which works out to an 0.2% error. The new method will be used going forward.

Sales reporting has changed by up to 15,000 vehicles in any particular year from 2011-16. The net, regardless, is 1.4 million in 2011; 1.6 million in 2012; 1.8 million in 2013; 2.1 million in 2014; and 2.3 million in 2015.