FCA US LLC today reported U.S. sales of 177,391 vehicles in October, a 16% increase compared with sales in October 2017 of 153,373 vehicles.
Sales were driven by the Jeep®, Ram, Chrysler, Dodge and Alfa Romeo brands, which all posted increases over the same period a year ago. Dodge led the group with a 38 percent increase in sales.
Retail sales in October totaled 141,200 vehicles. Fleet sales were 36,191 vehicles and accounted for 20% of total sales.
Jeep brand sales rose 9% to 72,800 vehicles. Jeep Wrangler sales of 13,318 vehicles pushed the calendar-year-to-date totals to 204,269 vehicles. The results eclipse the 2015 CYTD record of 172,887 vehicles. Wrangler has now surpassed the full-year record of 202,266 vehicles set in 2015. Grand Cherokee had 19,109 units sold during the month. It surpassed the updated Cherokee, which 18,598 units were purchased during October. Renegade sales were down 3% versus the same time period last year with 7,683 units sold. The Jeep Compass continues to sell well with a 26% increase in sales over what it did last October, with 14,083 units. Dealers also managed to sell 9 left over 2017 Jeep Patriot models during the month as well.
Ram brand sales rose 14% to 54,542 vehicles, a historic high for October. It was also the eighth-straight month of record retail sales since the brand launched in 2009. Retail sales increased 12% to 42,138 vehicles. The Ram 1500 drove the performance as retail sales climbed 20% to 28,459 vehicles for a new October record. Ram ProMaster vans sales were up 63% versus last October, with 4,305 units sold. ProMaster City also had an increase in sales over the same period last year by 6%, which made for a total of 1,051 ProMaster City leaving dealer lots last month.
Alfa Romeo Brand:
Alfa Romeo brand sales rose 44% to 1,737 vehicles. Stelvio accounted for the majority of those sales with 902 vehicles sold. Giuila sales were also up for the month compared to last October, with a 10% increase in sales for 801 units. The sporty Alfa 4C moved 34 units during the month as well.
Dodge brand sales jumped 38% to 33,872. The brand was driven by Grand Caravan sales, which totaled for 11,110 of those sales. That was 357% over last October. The Dodge Charger was the second best selling Dodge, with 6,316 units sold during the month. Charger was followed by the Dodge Journey which continues to be a strong seller for the brand. Dealers pushed 5,835 Journeys off their lots during the month. They also happened to roll 5,225 Challengers off their lots as well which is up 34% over last October. Durango sales were up 5% with 5,383 units sold. Dealers also ended up selling 3 Dodge Darts in left over inventories as well.
Chrysler brand sales rose 21% to 13,289 vehicles as Pacifica sales increased 22% to 9,277 vehicles. The total set a new October record for Pacifica. America’s luxury sedan, the Chrysler 300 also had a good month. Sales for the 300 were up 37% over last October with 3,986 units. The brand also sold 26 Chrysler 200 models still left in dealers inventories.
Sales of Fiat declined 35%to 1,151 vehicles. The Fiat brand continued to struggle as the only FCA US brand that did not make any gains. Fiat 500X sales were down 45% over last October with 308 units sold. The 500L sales also continued to drop with only 96 units rolling off dealer lots, that was a 40% drop over last October. The 124 Spider had a drop of 12% over last October, with the brand selling 219 of the sporty roadster. The best selling vehicle for the brand was of course the iconic Fiat 500, which sold 528 units. That was a drop of 34% versus last October.