While we’re certainly preaching to the choir with this one, it is impressive to note that FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) has experienced one of the most impressive booms in new vehicle sales in recent years, particularly when so many media outlets were dizzy with reports and rumors that FCA was poised to shutter Chrysler only months earlier (#fakenews). Rather, the least regarding of the Big Three soared to new heights this past September reporting a 15-percent increase in US sales, surpassing juggernaut Ford for the first time since January 2007.
Credit was given, in no large part, to FCA’s Jeep and Ram brands, reporting 199,819 deliveries, squeaking ahead of Ford’s 197,404 deliveries last month. In fact, FCA has beaten Ford in retail sales five out of nine months this year, according to The Detroit News.
“It was mostly expected to happen this year, as Ford moves away from sedans,” Michelle Krebs, an automotive analyst for Cox Automotive, said. “It might just be a fluke month, but that’s a significant shift in the automotive world and a wake-up call for Dearborn.”
For those curious about General Motors Co., the company no longer reports monthly sales. Nevertheless, GM saw deliveries slide 11.1-percent during its third quarter. In fact, GM’s sales are down 1.2-percent through the first nine months of the year.
The Detroit News continued, “FCA’s third quarter sales increased by about 10 percent compared to the same quarter last year, while Ford’s third quarter sales are down 3.5 percent compared to the same period last year.”
Breaking down the gain, Automotive News reports that while Chrysler and Fiat saw decreased by 6.8% and 46% respectively, Jeep was up 14%; Ram 9.2%; Alfa Romeo by 29%; and Dodge up by an impressive 41%; ensuring many more years of performance-bred Challengers and Chargers.
Add to that a final observation: “Jeep’s sales total of 83,764 vehicles in September marked the ninth straight monthly sales record for the brand, and it was the sixth time out of nine months this year that Jeep sales totaled more than 80,000 vehicles.”