FCA sales up 4%, back over 200,000 vehicles

Jeep, boosted by the new Renegade subcompact crossover, had its best monthly U.S. sales ever in May, with sales up 13 percent over its previous record set a year ago.

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Brisk demand for Jeep and the Chrysler 200 pushed Fiat Chrysler sales up 4 percent in May.

The automaker posted U.S. sales of 202,227, marking its 62nd consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains — and its first time over 200,000 vehicles since March 2007.

Seven vehicles set records: The Jeep Wrangler and Cherokee, Chrysler 200 and Dodge Challenger had their all-time best month. The Jeep Patriot, Dodge Dart and Ram ProMaster also had their highest-ever May sales.

Jeep, boosted by the new Renegade subcompact crossover, had its best monthly sales ever in May, with sales up 13 percent. Patriot deliveries rose by nearly a third in May, while Compass sales declined by half.

Ram sales climbed 12 percent on a 7.6 percent gain in its pickup line, strong sales of the ProMaster full-size cargo van and the addition of the smaller ProMaster City van. It was Ram’s best May since 2005.

Chrysler brand sales climbed 32 percent based entirely on a sixfold gain in sales of the Chrysler 200. Sales of all of FCA’s minivans — including the Chrysler Town & Country — were down sharply again in May as fleet sales were curtailed during a three-month retooling of their assembly plant in Windsor, Ontario. The plant reopened May 25 and is ramping production back up this month.

Fiat brand sales plummeted 19 percent as sales of both the 500 minicar and 500L five-door hatchback fell by double digits. In the month, the brand posted its first sales of the 500X crossover but sold just eight units.

Dodge sales fell 22 percent in May. The Challenger’s 29 percent increase was the only bright spot in the brand’s lineup. Sales of the Dart, Journey and Durango were flat, while Grand Caravan and Charger sales declined.

FCA said it ended the month with over 540,000 unsold units on hand, a 69-day supply.

You can reach Larry P. Vellequette at lvellequette@crain.com.


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