FCA Canada has released their official numbers for the month of April this morning. The automaker had a total sales of 20,802 vehicles last month. The Dodge Durango set an all-time sales record for the month, while the Jeep Wrangler set an April sales record as well.
“Through the first four months of 2019, Ram light-duty pickup trucks and Jeep® Grand Cherokee continue to gain momentum in the Canadian market,” said FCA Canada President and CEO Reid Bigland. “For the month of April, these two raised the bar even further with year-over-year sales growth of 21% and 80%, respectively. Rounding out our top five performing vehicles were Ram heavy-duty trucks, Jeep Wrangler and Dodge Durango — all of which had significant year-over-year sales growth.”
The Jeep brand sold 6,297 vehicles in Canada during the month of April, which is up 2% over the same time period last year. The Jeep Wrangler led the way with 2,510 units leaving dealer showrooms, up 21% over April 2018. Grand Cherokee was the brand’s second best selling nameplate, with 1,776 units. The midsize Cherokee had 1,266 sold during the month. While the compact Compass sold 695 units and Renegade sold 43 units. There were also 7 new Gladiator models sold as well.
The Chrysler brand was down 71% over the same time, last year. Both the Pacifica (264 units) and 300 Series (248 units) had a terrible month. The large Chrysler sedan was down 71% from April 2018, while the Chrysler minivan was down 70%. The overall sales numbers for this year, are down 45% compared to the same time last year.
Dodge’s best selling nameplate for the brand in Canada was the Grand Caravan, despite being down 56% versus the same time last year. The Dodge Durango was the second best selling nameplate for the brand, with 1,754 units (up 223% compared to the same time last year). The Journey sold 325 units during the month. While 167 Challengers and only 156 Charger left dealer lots during the month. Yes, the Chrysler 300 outsold the Charger and Challenger nameplates in Canada for the month. Altogether, the Dodge brand had 4,988 units sold for the entire month of April in Canada.
The Ram brand sold more vehicles than Jeep, Chrysler, Alfa Romeo, and Fiat combined, with 8,898 units. The Ram pickup lineup sold 8,335 units during the month, up 30% over April 2018. Ram ProMaster sales were up 51% with 439 vehicles sold and even ProMaster City sales were up 41% with 124 units purchased during the month.
Alfa Romeo Brand:
The Alfa Romeo brand showed a loss of 47% over the same time last year with only 73 vehicles sold. Alfa sold 46 Stelvio models, 20 Giulia models, 7 Alfa Romeo 4C models were sold during the month of April.
It’s no surprise that the struggling Fiat brand showed a loss again in April. The Italian brand has struggled to gain traction in the Canadian market. The small 124 Spider roadster sold 20 units during the month and was the brand’s best selling nameplate. The Fiat 500 sold 10 units, while the 500X crossover sold 3 and the 500L only had 1 unit sold. The brand was down 52% over the same time last year, with only 34 units sold nationally.