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Monday, 10 October 2016

USA SALES SEPT - The new way of collating sales for FCA has had a negative impact this month, but only just !

  • Ram Truck brand sales increased 27 percent; pickup truck sales up 29 percent
  • Sales of all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan increased 23 percent versus previous month of August
  • Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger each recorded double-digit percentage gains in September

FCA US LLC today reported U.S. sales of 192,883 units, a 1 percent decrease compared with sales in September 2015 (194,666 units).

FCA US retail sales were 146,453 units in September, while fleet sales were 46,430 units. Retail sales represented 76 percent of total sales, while fleet sales were 24 percent.
The Ram Truck brand posted a 27 percent sales gain in September compared with the same month a year ago as pickup truck sales increased 29 percent year over year. Both the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger turned in double-digit percentage increases in September while the Jeep® Grand Cherokee – the most awarded SUV ever – posted an 18 percent sales gain.
Sales of the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan increased 23 percent in September, versus sales in the previous month of August. Sales of the all-new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider, the latest addition to the FIAT brand product lineup, were up 7 percent in September, compared with the previous month of August.
Ram Truck Brand
Ram Truck brand sales, which include the Ram pickup, Ram ProMaster and Ram ProMaster City, were up 27 percent in September versus the same month a year ago. The brand’s increase was driven by the strong 29 percent increase in Ram pickup truck sales. The Ram 1500 Rebel was named “Best Pickup Truck” at the 2016 Ruedas ESPN Awards at last month’s Miami International Auto Show. For 2017, Ram will introduce a new special-edition Night package for the 1500 model that gives truck enthusiasts straight-from-the-factory customized looks. In addition, Ram ProMaster sales are up 17 percent year over year. Ram Truck brand sales are up 11 percent calendar year to date, compared with the same nine months in 2015.
Jeep Brand
Jeep brand sales were down 3 percent in September compared with the same month a year ago. The Jeep Grand Cherokee – the vehicle that has long defined what a premium SUV should be – posted an 18 percent sales gain in September, compared with the same month in 2015. In addition, Jeep Patriot sales were up a strong 33 percent versus September a year ago. Jeep brand sales are up 12 percent calendar year to date, compared with the first three quarters of 2015.
Dodge Brand
Dodge brand sales were down 6 percent in September compared with the same month a year ago. But, the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger each posted year-over-year sales gains in September. Charger sales were up 35 percent, while the Challenger turned in a 19 percent sales gain in the month. In addition, the Dodge Journey crossover recorded a 6 percent year-over-year increase. Dodge brand sales are up 2 percent calendar year to date compared with the first nine months in 2015.
  
Chrysler Brand
Chrysler brand sales were down 27 percent in September versus the same month in 2015. The all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan posted 9,172 units in sales in September, up 23 percent compared with the previous month of August. Launched in April this year, the Pacifica just earned a rating of Top Safety Pick+ for 2016 from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The Pacifica achieved a “good” rating – the highest possible score – in each of five tests used by IIHS to evaluate crashworthiness. The Pacifica also earned the 2016 “Vehicle of the Year” and “Best Minivan” awards at the Ruedas ESPN Awards presented in September as part of the Miami International Auto Show.
FIAT Brand
FIAT brand sales, which include the Fiat 500, Fiat 500L, Fiat 500X and Fiat 124 Spider, were down 30 percent in September. In its third month on sale, the all-new 2017 Fiat 124 Spider logged 490 units in sales in September, up 7 percent versus the previous month of August. The Spider earned a “Best Convertible” award last month in the 2016 Ruedas ESPN Awards at the Miami International Auto Show.

FCA US LLC Sales Summary September 2016
Reflects New Methodology*
       Month Sales
Vol %
CYTD Sales
Vol %
Model
Curr Yr
Pr Yr
Change
Curr Yr
Pr Yr
Change
Compass
6,482
7,701
-16%
72,916
48,192
51%
Patriot
12,316
9,280
33%
96,039
89,666
7%
Wrangler
14,255
17,486
-18%
148,627
157,255
-5%
Cherokee
17,995
20,484
-12%
158,346
160,341
-1%
Grand Cherokee
18,507
15,715
18%
153,926
141,679
9%
Renegade
6,776
7,774
-13%
77,252
36,513
112%
JEEP BRAND
76,331
78,440
-3%
707,106
633,646
12%
200
3,185
9,944
-68%
48,959
138,536
-65%
300
5,459
6,606
-17%
44,040
39,810
11%
Town & Country
981
9,249
-89%
57,926
62,085
-7%
Pacifica
9,172
0
New
35,572
0
New
CHRYSLER BRAND
18,797
25,799
-27%
186,497
240,431
-22%
Dart
2,597
7,096
-63%
37,267
68,320
-45%
Avenger
2
38
-95%
44
1,257
-96%
Charger
10,056
7,466
35%
72,270
72,583
0%
Challenger
5,698
4,771
19%
51,141
52,228
-2%
Viper
38
50
-24%
447
521
-14%
Journey
12,091
11,442
6%
77,946
82,035
-5%
Caravan
8,179
9,941
-18%
102,732
65,383
57%
Durango
4,274
4,703
-9%
53,093
46,119
15%
DODGE  BRAND
42,935
45,507
-6%
394,940
388,446
2%
Ram P/U
47,792
37,004
29%
361,086
333,537
8%
Cargo Van
0
9
-100%
21
2,146
-99%
ProMaster Van
3,218
2,762
17%
26,544
19,225
38%
ProMaster City
856
920
-7%
12,649
5,369
136%
RAM BRAND
51,866
40,695
27%
400,300
360,277
11%
Giulia
7
0
New
7
0
New
Alfa 4C 
34
56
-39%
411
511
-20%
ALFA BRAND
41
56
-27%
418
511
-18%
500
1,481
1,981
-25%
11,603
20,089
-42%
500L
103
332
-69%
2,801
6,754
-59%
500X
839
1,856
-55%
9,264
4,170
122%
Spider
490
0
New
1,431
0
New
FIAT BRAND
2,913
4,169
-30%
25,099
31,013
-19%
TOTAL FCA US LLC
192,883
194,666
-1%
1,714,360
1,654,324
4%
    Total Car & MPV
47,482
57,530
-17%
466,651
528,077
-12%
    Total UV's
93,535
96,441
-3%
847,409
765,970
11%
    Total Truck & LCV
51,866
40,695
27%
400,300
360,277
11%

Method of Determining Monthly Sales. FCA US’s reported vehicle sales represent unit sales of vehicles to retail customers, deliveries of vehicles to fleet customers and to others such as FCA US’s employees and retirees as well as vehicles used for marketing.  Most of these reported sales reflect retail sales made by dealers out of their own inventory of vehicles previously purchased by them from FCA US.  Reported vehicle units sales do not correspond to FCA US’s reported revenues, which are based on FCA US’s sale and delivery of vehicles, and typically recognized upon shipment to the dealer or end customer.  As announced on July 26, 2016, FCA US has modified its methodology for monthly sales reporting as follows: 

  • Sales to retail customers by dealers in the U.S. are derived from the New Vehicle Delivery Report (“NVDR”) system and are determined as the sum of  (A) all sales recorded by dealers during the month net of all unwound transactions recorded to the end of that month (whether the original sale was recorded in the current month or any prior month); plus (B) all sales of vehicles during that month attributable to past unwinds that had previously been reversed in determining monthly sales (in the current or prior months).
  • Fleet sales are recorded as sales upon the shipment of the vehicle by FCA US to the customer or end user.
  • Other retail sales are recorded either (A) when the sale is recorded in the NVDR system (for sales by dealers in Puerto Rico and limited sales made through distributors that submit NVDRs in the same manner as for sales by U.S. dealers) or (B) upon receipt of a similar delivery notification (for vehicles for which NVDRs are not entered such as vehicles for FCA employees).  

*Following the July 26 announcement, FCA US performed a further detailed analysis of sales under the new methodology and has made adjustments in its reported U.S. sales for the periods presented in that announcement. Those revisions, which in aggregate correct a small underreporting across the 2011-2016 period, included adjustments of less than 3.4% in any single month; 0.6% in any single year and 0.04% over the entire period.