Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has released its official sales numbers for June 2019, this morning. The company is reporting that it has recorded its best June for sales in 14 years with a total of 206,083 vehicles sold during the month. The number was driven by the Ram Truck brand, which had its biggest month of sales since the brand was separated from the Dodge brand in 2009.
Leading the way for the Jeep brand in June, was the legendary Wrangler nameplate with 20,055 units sold during the month. Wrangler sales were down 13% over June of last year. Not too far behind was the Grand Cherokee with 19,660 units leaving dealer lots, an 11% increase over June 2018. The Cherokee was the third best selling Jeep in June, with 15,826. Coming in the fourth spot is the compact Compass, with 10,976 units. The compact Renegade was next with 6,077 units sold. With the launch of the all-new Jeep Gladiator, the Jeep pickup took 7% of the mid-size pickup segment with 4,231 units sold. There was 1 leftover inventory Jeep Patriot sold during the month as well.
Overall, the Jeep brand had an upsetting result for the month of June. The brand sold a total of 76,826 units for the month, which was down 12% over June 2018. So far this year, the Jeep brand is down 8% compared to where it was at the same point last year.
The Ram brand was the second best-selling brand in the FCA portfolio for the United States last month, with a total of 75,227 units sold. As we said before it was the best month, since the launch of the Ram Truck brand as a standalone division. The brand is up 28%, compared to where it was at the halfway point, last year.
Leading the way, of course, was the Ram Pickup sales with 68,098 units. FCA does not break down the sales numbers between its Ram Pickups, so we can’t, unfortunately, tell you how the 2019 Ram 1500 did against the 2019 Ram 1500 Classic.
On the commercial side, the Ram brand sold 5,937 units of its full-size Ram ProMaster van and 1,192 units of its compact ProMaster City van for the month.
The Dodge//SRT performance brand showed a 17% decline over the previous June with a total of 38,561 sold. Leading the way for the brand was the aging Dodge Grand Caravan with 12,215 units sold during the month. The Grand Caravan was down 25% over where the nameplate was last year.
The second best-selling nameplate was the Dodge Charger with 9,034 units sold. This was the best June for the four-door muscle car in 12 years. The Dodge Journey was third with 6,704 units sold, down 41% over last June. The Dodge Durango was the fourth best-selling nameplate for the brand with 5,538 units sold during the month, up 4% over June 2018. Not far behind, was the Dodge Challenger with 5,067 units leaving showrooms. The brand also saw the sale of 3 leftover Dodge Viper models from dealer inventories during the month.
The Chrysler brand has been struggling with slow sales of its award-winning Chrysler Pacifica minivan over the past several months. However, for June, the Pacifica had a 10% increase in sales with 10,037 units leaving dealer showrooms. It’s brandmate the Chrysler 300 Series, did not have a good month. With only 2,904 units sold in the United States during the month of June, sales were down 33% over the same time period last year.
Overall, the Chrysler brand sold 12,941 units for the month. Reaching the halfway point of the year, the brand is down 27% this year compared to where it was at the same time frame last year.
Alfa Romeo Brand:
The luxury performance brand of Alfa Romeo also had a tough month. The brand was down 29% over the previous June, with a total sales of just 1,595 units.
Leading the way, was the Stelvio SUV with 818 units sold. The Giulia sedan wasn’t too far behind with 768 units sold during the month of June. While the brand only managed to sell 9 of its 4C Spiders during the month.
The FIAT brand in the United States continues its downward trend, with a 35% decrease in sales over the previous June with only 933 units sold.
Leading the way for the brand was the Fiat 124 Spider, with 337 units sold during the month. Not too far behind was the original Fiat 500 series with 306 units sold. The brand sold 200 units of its 500X crossover, while only 90 units of the Fiat 500L were sold during the month.
“For the first half of 2019, Ram has been on a tear since we made the strategic decision to enter the year with a three-truck strategy. The new Ram 1500, Ram Classic and Heavy Duty are all generating a huge response from customers and critics alike,” Head of U.S. Sales Reid Bigland said. “This is now the third month Ram pickup sales have surpassed 60,000 since December. Our dealers had a steady stream of customers all month long.”
June results also mark the end of monthly sales reporting by FCA. The first quarterly sales report will occur on October 1st, covering the months of July, August, and September. This follows the same structure of reporting of that General Motors (GM) and Ford Motor Company, report sales on.