Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) released its third-quarter sales report for the United States yesterday. The automaker posted a 10% decrease in sales over the same time period last year. According to the company, strong retail sales offset much of the slow fleet sales that the company is experiencing. Overall, the company managed to sell a total of 507,351 vehicles during the quarter.
“The results reflect the hard work our dealers have done throughout the third quarter as they worked through the COVID-19 restrictions while still improving our sales over the prior months,” U.S. Head of Sales Jeff Kommor said. “Jeep® and Ram are hot and we continue to prioritize deliveries to our dealers who are asking us to ship as many vehicles as we can build.”
Leading the way for the company was the iconic Jeep brand with a total of 222,212 vehicles sold during the quarter. The total was down 9% over the same time period last year. The Grand Cherokee was the brand’s best-seller despite being the oldest vehicle in the lineup, with 56,447 units sold. The legendary Wrangler wasn’t too far behind with 54,071 units sold during the third quarter.
- Grand Cherokee – 56,447
- Wrangler/Wrangler Unlimited – 54,071
- Cherokee – 40,981
- Compass – 29,588
- Gladiator – 22,163
- Renegade – 18,961
- Patriot – 1 (leftover 2017 model year)
The Ram brand had a solid performance in the third quarter despite the ongoing COVID-19 (or Coronavirus) pandemic. The brand only showed a 2% decrease in sales compared to the same time period last year when a total of 175,175.
- Ram Pickups – 156,157
- Ram ProMaster Van – 15,998
- Ram ProMaster City – 3,020
The Chrysler brand showed promise during the third quarter, with an 8% increase in sales over the same time period last year. According to FCA, there were 31,870 Chrysler units finding new homes during Q3. Leading the Chrysler brand was the Pacifica/Voyager models with a 32% increase.
- Pacifica/Voyager – 28,696
- 300 – 3,170
- 200 – 4 (leftover 2017 model year)
The Dodge brand showed a huge loss during the third quarter with a 31% decrease in sales over the same time last year. The American performance brand sold 71,936 units sold during the quarter. The brand was led by the Dodge Charger sedan which made up 32% of the total brand sales. It also proved to be the first time, that the Dodge Grand Caravan did not lead the sales for the brand in quite a long time.
- Charger – 23,547
- Challenger – 16,332
- Durango – 15,957
- Journey – 10,164
- Grand Caravan – 5,933
- Viper – 2 (leftover 2017 model year)
- Dart – 1 (leftover 2016 model year)
Alfa Romeo Brand:
The premium Italian performance Alfa Romeo brand was the only other brand to join the Chrysler brand to post positive sales during the third quarter. Alfa Romeo posted a 17% increase in sales for a total of 5,056 units sold during the Q3 period.
- Stelvio – 2,843
- Giulia – 2,192
- 4C Spider – 21
The Fiat brand continued its downwards spiral in the U.S. marketplace with a 53% decrease over the same time period last year. The Italian mainstream brand sold only 1,102 vehicles during the third quarter. Leading the way for the brand was the 500X crossover.
- 500X – 452
- 124 Spider – 416
- 500L – 138
- 500 – 96
Third-quarter total sales finished 38 percent higher than the second-quarter results as FCA sold 140,265 more vehicles. “We are optimistic about the U.S. market and expect sales to remain strong as we close out 2020,” Kommor said.