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    Fiat Dealers Anxious For More Products


    By William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    May 13, 2013

    Despite rising sales of Fiat 500 in the past few months, some Fiat dealers are finding it difficult to break even.

    "I'm struggling to break even. With the one car in a small (volume) segment, it's a tough go right now," said Gary Brown, owner of a Fiat dealer on Long Island and chairman of the Chrysler Dealer Council.

    Dealers are very antsy get to new products such as the new 500L later this year as it should help bring more people into Fiat dealers.

    "The four-door (500L) is really going to be a shot in the arm. It will put a franchise on more people's radar as they are shopping for a small car," Brown said.

    But the one product lineup Fiat dealers are still wondering about is Alfa Romeo. The 4C sports car is due in the U.S. later this year or early next year. After that, who really knows. Several Fiat dealers told Reuters that Fiat has postponed a meeting discussing new products twice and that a new date hasn't been set.

    When asked about the meetings, a Fiat spokesman declined to comment.

    Source: Reuters

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    No one should really be surprised by this as they failed in the US before and their cars are not that great. They have a limited market appeal and Fiat does not really seem dedicated to a global business. Ton's of Fiats sit on the dealership lots and few move.

    Fiat dealer which is part of a Dodge, Chrylser and jeep franchise in the greater Seattle area allows the folks to cross sale you anything. You rarely find sales people in the show room for the Fiats as they just have limited appeal in a suburban area.

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      Mercedes-Benz USA - 0% (33,490 Vehicles Sold This Month, 343,695 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Mazda North American Operations - Down 3% (22,041 Vehicles Sold This Month, 269,019 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      FCA US LLC - Down 14% (160,827 Vehicles Sold This Month, 2,051,796 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      BMW Group U.S. - Down 15.8% (30,696 Vehicles Sold This Month, 327,711 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)


      Jaguar Land Rover North America - 

      Brands:
      Acura - Down 5.1% (11,616 Vehicles Sold This Month, 144,212 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Alfa Romeo - Down 32% (23 Vehicles Sold This Month, 464 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Audi - Up 2.5% (17,118 Vehicles Sold This Month, 187,018 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      BMW - Down 18.2% (26,189 Vehicles Sold This Month, 280,339 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Buick - Up 16.1% (18,530 Vehicles Sold This Month, 208,343 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Cadillac - Up 14.5% (15,326 Vehicles Sold This Month, 148,560 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Chevrolet - Up 8.1% (169,675 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,883,551 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Chrysler - Down 47% (14,518 Vehicles Sold This Month, 215,196 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Dodge - Down 21% (34,075 Vehicles Sold This Month, 470,529 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Fiat - Down 15% (2,415 Vehicles Sold This Month, 30,136 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Ford - Up 4.5% (187,012 Vehicles Sold This Month, 2,262,493 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Genesis - N/A (1,306 Vehicles Sold This Month, 5,215 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      GMC - Up 14.1% (49,113 Vehicles Sold This Month, 483,213 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Honda - Up 7.9% (111,308 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,333,253 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Hyundai - Up 2% (61,201 Vehicles Sold This Month, 707,485 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Infiniti - Up 3.6% (12,112 Vehicles Sold This Month, 120,095 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Jaguar - 
      Jeep - Down 12% (67,285 Vehicles Sold This Month, 843,217 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Kia - Up 15.3% (52,504 Vehicles Sold This Month, 593,245 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Land Rover - 
      Lexus - Down 1% (29,050 Vehicles Sold This Month, 290,046 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Lincoln - Up 19.1% (9,429 Vehicles Sold This Month, 98,933 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Maserati - Up 27.3% (1,380 Vehicles Sold This Month, 10.838 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Mazda - Down 3% (22,041 Vehicles Sold This Month, 269,019 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Mercedes-Benz - Up 1.1% (30,363 Vehicles Sold This Month, 308,226 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Mercedes-Benz Vans - Down 7.4% (2,564 Vehicles Sold This Month, 30,444 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      MINI - Up 1.4% (4,507 Vehicles Sold This Month, 47,372 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Mitsubishi - Up 1.8% (6,896 Vehicles Sold This Month, 88,884 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Nissan - Up 8% (103,024 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,291,585 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Porsche - Up 23.9% (5,513 Vehicles Sold This Month, 50,265 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Ram Trucks - Up 12% (42,511 Vehicles Sold This Month, 492,254 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      smart - Down 15% (563 Vehicles Sold This Month, 5,025 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Subaru - Up 11.4% (51,308 Vehicles Sold This Month, 551,955 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Toyota - Up 5.3% (168,595 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,916,313 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Volkswagen - Up 24.24% (29,672 Vehicles Sold This Month, 285,719 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)
      Volvo - Up 11.9% (7,723 Vehicles Sold This Month, 72,595 Vehicles Sold So Far This Year)

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    • By William Maley
      Volkswagen of America Reports November 2016 Sales Results
      Dec 1, 2016
      November sales totaled 29,672 units, an increase of 24.2 percent over November 2015 Tiguan sales totaled 4,516 units, an increase of 15.6 percent over November 2015 Passat sales totaled 6,441 units, an increase of 133.5 percent over November 2015 Golf SportWagen sales (which includes the  all-new Alltrack) totaled 2,174 units, an increase of 246 percent over November 2015 Herndon, VA — (December 1, 2016) Volkswagen of America, Inc. (VWoA) today reported sales of 29,672 units delivered in November 2016. Sales of the Golf SportWagen, which include the all-new Alltrack, increased by more than 200% over November 2015.
      November 2016 Sales
        November 16
      November 15
      Yr/Yr% change
      November  16
      YTD
      November  15
      YTD
      Yr/Yr%
      change
      Golf
                  1,340
                      774
      73.1%
                11,894
                18,066
      -34.2%
      GTI
                  2,216
                   1,963
      12.9%
                21,157
                21,300
      -0.7%
      Golf R
                     449
                      273
      64.5%
                  3,947
                  3,492
      13.0%
      e-Golf
                     305
                      472
      -35.4%
                  3,494
                  3,623
      -3.6%
      Golf SportWagen
                  2,174
                      628
      246.2%
                12,227
                13,112
      -6.7%
      Total Golf Family
                  6,484
                      4,110
      57.8%
                52,719
                59,593
      -11.5%
      Jetta Sedan
                10,212
                 11,021
      -7.3%
              108,023
              114,365
      -5.5%
      Jetta SportWagen       
      (now Golf SportWagen)
                        -  
                          1
      n/a
                         5
                  2,671
      -99.8%
      Total Jetta
                   10,212
      11,022
      -7.3%
      108,028
                117,036
      -7.7%
      Beetle Coupe
                     915
                      571
      60.2%
                  8,738
                12,067
      -27.6%
      Beetle Convertible
                     488
                      440
      10.9%
                  5,333
                  9,289
      -42.6%
      Total Beetle
                     1,403
                      1,011
      38.8%
      14,071
                  21,356
      -34.1%
      Eos*
                        -  
                      201
      n/a
                     387
                  2,751
      -85.9%
      Passat
                  6,441
                   2,759
      133.5%
                65,761
                74,611
      -11.9%
      CC
                     268
                      475
      -43.6%
                  2,863
                  5,643
      -49.3%
      Tiguan
                  4,516
                   3,907
      15.6%
                38,063
                30,943
      23.0%
      Touareg
                     348
                      397
      -12.3%
                  3,827
                  6,551
      -41.6%
      TOTAL
                     29,672
                      23,882
      24.24%
                  285,719
                  318,484
      -10.29%
      *Eos production ended in July 2015
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