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    April 2019 Sales Figures

      ...who flourished and who was foolish in April...

    Quarterly:
    Ford Motor Company - Not reported
    General Motors Co. - Not Reported
    Tesla Not Reported
    FCA has announced that beginning October 2019, they will be reporting sales quarterly

    Monthly:
    Audi of America -  Down 21% for the month, Down 8.7% for the year
    BMW of North America -  Down 2.9% for the month, Down 2.1% for the year
    FCA US LLC -  Down 6% for the month, Down 4% for the year
    Genesis Motor America - 
    Honda Motor Co. 
    Up 0.1% for the month,  Up 1.5% for the year
    Hyundai Motor America -  Up 0.7% for the month, Up 1.7% for the year
    Jaguar Land Rover North America - 
    Kia Motors America - Up 1.6% for the month, Up 5.9% for the year
    Mazda North American Operations - Down 14.5%  for the month, Down 15.4% for the year
    Mercedes-Benz USA - Down 14.6% for the month, Down 10.7% for the year
    Mitsubishi Motors North America -  Down 12.9% for the month, Up 12% for the year
    Nissan Group - Up 9.0% for the month, Down 8.4% for the year
    Porsche Cars North America Inc. -  
    Subaru of America, Inc. - Up 7.7% for the month, Up 5.5% for the year
    Toyota Motor North America - Down 4.4% for the month, Down 4.8% for the year
    Volkswagen of America -  
    Up 8.7% for the month, Up 3.9% for the year
    Volvo Cars of North America, LLC - Up 0.4% for the month, Up 7.1% for the year

    Brands (Quarterly):
    Buick -  Not Reported
    Cadillac -  Not Reported
    Chevrolet - Not Reported
    GMC - Not Reported
    Ford - Not Reported
    Lincoln - Not Reported
    Tesla - Not Reported

    Brands (Monthly):
    Acura - Down 1.7% - 11,687 MTD / 48,072 YTD
    Alfa Romeo - Down 14% - 1,584 MTD / 5,870 YTD
    Audi - Down 21% 15,024 MTD / 63,139 YTD
    BMW - Up 1.4% - 23,816 MTD / 97,704 YTD
    Chrysler - Down 37% - 9,987 MTD / 40,578 YTD
    Dodge - Down 24% - 31,262 MTD / 141,779 YTD
    Fiat - Down 34% - 931 MTD / 3,145 YTD
    Genesis - 
    Honda - Up 0.2% - 114,088 MTD / 447,490 YTD
    Hyundai - Up 0.7% - 55,420 MTD / 203,005 YTD
    Infiniti - Down 5.2% - 8,491 MTD / 42,806 YTD
    Jaguar - 
    Jeep - Down 8% - 76,325 MTD / 289,129 YTD
    Kia - Up 1.6% - 51,385 MTD / 187,981 YTD
    Land Rover -
    Lexus - Down 1.3 - 21,360 MTD  / 88,151 YTD
    Mazda - Down 14.5% - 19,702 MTD / 90,535 YTD
    Mercedes-Benz - Down 15.7% 22,949 MTD / 94,120 YTD
    Mercedes-Benz Vans - Down 4.7% - 2,682 MTD / 10,158 YTD
    MINI - Down 29.8% - 2,621 MTD / 11,526 YTD
    Mitsubishi - Down 12.9% - 6963 MTD / 49,030 YTD
    Nissan - Up 10.7% - 87,207 MTD / 418,743 YTD
    Porsche - 
    Ram Trucks - Up 25% - 53,811 MTD / 190,824 YTD
    Smart - Down 8.6% - 85 MTD / 316 YTD
    Subaru - Up 7.7% - 57,288 MTD / 214,042 YTD
    Toyota - Down 4.8% - 162,506 MTD / 639,431 YTD
    Volkswagen - Up 8.7% - 31,309 MTD / 117,181 YTD
    Volvo - Up 0.4% - 8,367 MTD / 30,425 YTD

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    If not for RAM sales, FCAs losses would be even more devastating that they already look. Just brutal. 

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    22 minutes ago, surreal1272 said:

    If not for RAM sales, FCAs losses would be even more devastating that they already look. Just brutal. 

    It's interesting that the small Asian brands are doing really well while the big ones are flat or down. 

    I take that back as new numbers come in. 

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    Fiat, Alfa and Chrysler sales are just miserable.  This is why Sergio wanted to merge and dump some brands.

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    44 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    The problem was he wanted to dump the wrong brands.  He wanted to save the Italian brands and kill off the american ones except Jeep.

    Ram and Jeep are the only 2 American brands they need.  Alfa Romeo  products should probably be merged into Maserati as their luxury brand.  They really only need one luxury/performance brand, just pick one.  Too many weak brands in FCA, it is like early 2000s GM.

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    5 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    Dodge is the everyman brand
    Chrysler is the premium brand like a cross between Buick and Lincoln.
    Fiat - kill in the US
    Alfa - Merge with Maserati
    Maserati - Ultra luxury brand
    Ram - Trucks
    Jeep - just be jeep.

    Chrysler is a North America only brand with low volume, they don't need that.  I could see keeping Dodge for North America and Fiat for Europe, but I feel like 2030 onward when ride sharing and autonomy goes up and car sales go down, regional brands won't survive, only global ones will.

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    12 hours ago, smk4565 said:

    Chrysler is a North America only brand with low volume, they don't need that.  I could see keeping Dodge for North America and Fiat for Europe, but I feel like 2030 onward when ride sharing and autonomy goes up and car sales go down, regional brands won't survive, only global ones will.

    Chrysler needs product. Jeep and Ram are thriving because they actually have new product. Chrysler will too if given the chance.

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    12 hours ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    Chrysler needs product. Jeep and Ram are thriving because they actually have new product. Chrysler will too if given the chance.

    And what product will sell there?  There is no point in making 3 SUVs for Chrysler as they have Jeep for SUV and Jeep sales are down.  Sedans don't sell, FCA could spend $2 billion on a new mid-size sedan and the Camry will outsell it 5 to 1, so that would be a total waste of money.  The brand is just a dead brand, Pontiac had more mojo in 2007 than Chrysler has in 2019.

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    10 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    And what product will sell there?  There is no point in making 3 SUVs for Chrysler as they have Jeep for SUV and Jeep sales are down.  Sedans don't sell, FCA could spend $2 billion on a new mid-size sedan and the Camry will outsell it 5 to 1, so that would be a total waste of money.  The brand is just a dead brand, Pontiac had more mojo in 2007 than Chrysler has in 2019.

    Jeep sells real honest-to-God SUVs that are supposed to go off-road.  Chrysler does NOT have those.  The Pacifica is a really good if not great minivan.  A very good FWD crossover or two can do Chrysler some good.  Just don't mess it up like they did with the Dodge Journey.

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    1 hour ago, riviera74 said:

    Jeep sells real honest-to-God SUVs that are supposed to go off-road.  Chrysler does NOT have those.  The Pacifica is a really good if not great minivan.  A very good FWD crossover or two can do Chrysler some good.  Just don't mess it up like they did with the Dodge Journey.

    Renegade, Compass and Cherokee are all front drive crossovers, all of those are down this year.  Wrangler is down, but I think they just overpriced the new one, that is a different issue.

    FCA has bad reliability.  They can give Chrysler all the crossovers they want to, but until they fix the reliability and build quality they aren't going to make a dent in Rav4 and CR-V sales, not to mention the 7 SUVs over at Hyundai.  The Pacifica is down 30% this year, the 300 is down 40% for the year, 50% last month, and probably what they did sell is fleet sales.  Chrysler is basically one product and that product is hemoraging 30% losses despite not being that old on the market.  They invented the mini-van and can't even win in that segment, why on earth would the dump money into crossovers to take on the Rav4 and Highlander, they have no shot there.  Likewise with Dodge, their sales are tanking and they have no new product on the horizon.

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    Nearing 42k miles on my very early build "Jeepiat" with nary an issue.  At what point is "reliability" measured?

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    2 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    Nearing 42k miles on my very early build "Jeepiat" with nary an issue.  At what point is "reliability" measured?

    Funny you say that...

    My partner's TESLA Model S is has over 100 000 KM (over 60 000 miles) and other than a couple of recalls (3-5 recalls), nary an issue too...

    To keep this in perspective...my own Acura has had 2 or 3 recalls to which one of them was silent...but the TL is very reliable...

    My wife's Fusion...I literally cant count them on both of my hands as I think the recalls exceeded 10...but the Fusion, other than front brake rotors being changed prematurely because they warped (prematurely|), very reliable too...

    Anecdotes are fun..arent they? 

    But you have hidden agendas , and you become hypocritical when discussing things...

     

     

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    Two things: (1) God, I hate Subarus, and (2) I am anxiously waiting to see what the next Charger will look like.

    Next ...

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    6 minutes ago, trinacriabob said:

    Two things: (1) God, I hate Subarus, and (2) I am anxiously waiting to see what the next Charger will look like.

    Next ...

    I just read Consumer Reports' Auto Issue borrowed from a neighbor.  CR loves Subaru almost as much as Toyota/Lexus this year.

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    10 hours ago, balthazar said:

    Chrysler is in the sale volume tent as Acura & infiniti and it's 25% higher than volvo.
    No way that's 'miserable' volume unless those other premium brands are also. Are they?

    I agree with DD; we read certain people claim Lincoln was "a dead brand" but all it took was product to revive it. Chrysler has far greater potential than fiat or alfa romeo has, it just needs the right product.
     

    Quoted for truth...and even a die hard For Cynic like me cannot help but like the new Lincoln product.

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    3 hours ago, ocnblu said:

    Nearing 42k miles on my very early build "Jeepiat" with nary an issue.  At what point is "reliability" measured?

    You have almost as many miles as I have on my 5 yr old Jeep...42.5k now.  In the 2 years I've had it, it's been very reliable.   Happy w/ my FCA CPO. 

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    12 hours ago, smk4565 said:

    And what product will sell there?  There is no point in making 3 SUVs for Chrysler as they have Jeep for SUV and Jeep sales are down.  Sedans don't sell, FCA could spend $2 billion on a new mid-size sedan and the Camry will outsell it 5 to 1, so that would be a total waste of money.  The brand is just a dead brand, Pontiac had more mojo in 2007 than Chrysler has in 2019.

    Lincoln style crossovers based on Pacifica.  It could be done just fine.   Why does Porsche, Audi, and VW all have SUVs that overlap?

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    10 hours ago, balthazar said:

    Chrysler is in the sale volume tent as Acura & infiniti and it's 25% higher than volvo.
    No way that's 'miserable' volume unless those other premium brands are also. Are they?

    I agree with DD; we read certain people claim Lincoln was "a dead brand" but all it took was product to revive it. Chrysler has far greater potential than fiat or alfa romeo has, it just needs the right product.
     

    Chrysler is not a luxury brand though, it is a Honda Odyssey, Toyota Avalon competitor brand.   Chrysler also doesn’t have European or Chinese market sales like some of those other brands do.  

    GM has spent billions upon billions on Cadillac trying to revive them and they are still struggling and they were never a “dead” brand nor did Cadillac have a total product drought like Chrysler has.  FCA will probably go bankrupt trying to revive Chrysler, the reason they have no new product is there is no money.

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    26 minutes ago, Drew Dowdell said:

    Lincoln style crossovers based on Pacifica.  It could be done just fine.   Why does Porsche, Audi, and VW all have SUVs that overlap?

    Porsche and Audi are pretty different and is the Toureg even still around?  I mean I know it exists but not in USA anymore I don’t think.  That is the only VW suv built on the MLB platform.

    FCA can’t get Alfa Romero or Maserati to compete with the German and Japanese luxury brands, yet the Chrysler brand could pull that off?  Zero chance, waste of money if they try it.

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    18 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    Chrysler is not a luxury brand though, it is a Honda Odyssey, Toyota Avalon competitor brand.   Chrysler also doesn’t have European or Chinese market sales like some of those other brands do.  

    GM has spent billions upon billions on Cadillac trying to revive them and they are still struggling and they were never a “dead” brand nor did Cadillac have a total product drought like Chrysler has.  FCA will probably go bankrupt trying to revive Chrysler, the reason they have no new product is there is no money.

    There's plenty of money. They have no debt. They already have the platform. They could build two or three crossovers off the Pacifica. Build a Terrain sized crossover for Chrysler off the Cherokee and give it a Buick Envision type of quiet luxury. 

    Jeep is gushing cash and that cash is being spent poorly on trying to give CPR to Alfa Romeo and Fiat instead of Chrysler.  As far as making it global, they could be sold as Chrysler in China and as Lancia in Europe. Just swap the badges. 

    15 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    Porsche and Audi are pretty different and is the Toureg even still around?  I mean I know it exists but not in USA anymore I don’t think.  That is the only VW suv built on the MLB platform.

    FCA can’t get Alfa Romero or Maserati to compete with the German and Japanese luxury brands, yet the Chrysler brand could pull that off?  Zero chance, waste of money if they try it.

    Chrysler isn't meant to compete against the German brands directly. It should be more of a Lincoln brand/Buick brand type of thing. 

    Porsche and Audi are no more different than Chrysler and Jeep... if anything they are much closer in mission than Chrysler and Jeep are. 

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    42 minutes ago, smk4565 said:

    Porsche and Audi are pretty different and is the Toureg even still around?  I mean I know it exists but not in USA anymore I don’t think.  That is the only VW suv built on the MLB platform.

    FCA can’t get Alfa Romero or Maserati to compete with the German and Japanese luxury brands, yet the Chrysler brand could pull that off?  Zero chance, waste of money if they try it.

    So what you are saying is that FCA is merely continuing the failure that Daimler started almost twenty years ago by just leaving Chrysler and Dodge hanging out to rot on a vine. Good to know.

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    1 hour ago, Robert Hall said:

    You have almost as many miles as I have on my 5 yr old Jeep...42.5k now.  In the 2 years I've had it, it's been very reliable.   Happy w/ my FCA CPO. 

    Considering  a Jeep for my next vehicle.

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    58 minutes ago, surreal1272 said:

    So what you are saying is that FCA is merely continuing the failure that Daimler started almost twenty years ago by just leaving Chrysler and Dodge hanging out to rot on a vine. Good to know.

    Daimler should have never bought them to begin with, Daimler lost like $20 billion on them.  And the Daimler era got Chrysler the LX platform and the Grand Cheroke platform, which are like the only 2 Chrysler products that have done anything the past 15 years.

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      Kia avoided the trend of going crazy with the Niro EV’s design. Little touches such as blue accent trim, 17-inch alloy wheels, and closed-front grille hiding the charging port help the EV stand apart from other Niro models. Changes inside are even smaller with a new center console featuring a dial control for the drive selector. This move is very smart as many buyers really don’t want their vehicle to shout “LOOK AT ME” when driving. The electric powertrain in the Niro EV packs quite the punch - 201 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque. This is up 62 and 92 respectively from the Niro Hybrid I drove a few years back. Providing the electricity is a 64 kWh Lithium-Ion Polymer Battery that provides an estimated range of 239 miles. Kia says the Niro EV will hit 60 mph in under eight seconds. But I found it to be slightly quicker thanks to all of the torque being available instantly. Merging onto a freeway is where the electric powertrain does lose steam - blame a hefty curb weight of 3,854 pounds. I saw a maximum range of 208 to 210 miles throughout my week. This was due to cold temperatures ranging from low 30s to high 40s. But I was able to do a forty-mile round-trip commute for most of the week without having any range anxiety issues. Charging anxiety is a different story. If you have been reading my electric and plug-in hybrid reviews, then you’ll know that I only have access to 120V charging at home. Plugging the Niro EV after my day job meant waiting over sixteen hours for a full charge. This caused me to not want to venture out far unless I had some important errands to run as it would mean a longer time for a recharge. If I had completely depleted the battery, I would be waiting over two days for the battery to recharge. If you have a 240V charger, that time drops to 9.5 hours for a full-recharge. Finding a quick charger has gotten easier in the past year or two, but it is still a hit and miss affair. There are no quick chargers near where I live (unless I have a Tesla). It's slightly better further south where I work as there some around the area. But that introduces its own set of problems such setting aside the time to charge up the vehicle to finding if one works. I should note that I didn’t get the chance to try quick charging with the Niro EV during my week.  Handling is slightly better in the Niro EV thanks to the additional weight of the battery pack which reduces body roll. Steering is very light when turning, but will surprise you with how quick and accurate it deals with changes in direction. Ride quality is a little bit firm with some bumps and imperfections making their way inside. Where the Niro EV shines is noise isolation. During my work commute, I was surprised by how little wind and road noise came inside.  The major downside to the Niro EV is its limited availability. At the time of this writing, Kia is only selling the Niro EV is twelve states - most of them having Zero Emission Vehicle (or ZEV) programs that require automakers to sell a certain amount of electric vehicles in their lineups. Nothing is stopping you from purchasing a Niro EV in one of the states that it is available, but I’m wondering how many people will do that. Pricing for the Niro EV begins at $38,500 for the base EX model. I had the EX Premium at $44,000 which adds such goodies as an eight-inch touchscreen, premium audio system, heated and ventilated front seats; sunroof. Add in a $1,000 Launch Edition package (LED headlights, front parking sensors, and auto-dimming rear-view mirror), and my as-tested price came to $45,995. Expensive bit of kit, but the Niro EV does come with a long list of standard features including heated outside mirrors with power folding; seven-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and push-button start. Plus, the Niro EV qualifies for the full $7,500 federal tax credit which may sway some buyers when it comes time to do their taxes. The Kia Niro EV is the first electric vehicle that I could see myself living with. It drives for the most part as a normal vehicle and offers enough range for most people. The big item you need to be aware of is charging. If you decide to purchase, be sure to get a 240V charger and check to see if there are any sort of fast chargers in your area. It may mean the difference between worry-free and a large amount of anxiety. Disclaimer: Kia Provided the Niro EV, Insurance, and One Tank of Gas
      Year: 2019
      Make: Kia
      Model: Niro EV
      Trim: EX Premium
      Engine: 356V Permanent Magnet Synchronous Electric Motor
      Driveline: Front-Wheel Drive, Lithium Ion Polymer Battery Pack
      Horsepower @ RPM: 201 @ 3,800 - 8,000
      Torque @ RPM: 291 @ 0 - 3,600
      Estimated Range: 239 Miles
      Curb Weight: 3,854 lbs
      Location of Manufacture: 
      Base Price: $44,000
      As Tested Price: $46,045 (Includes $1,045.00 Destination Charge)
      Options:
      Launch Edition - $1,000.00
    • By Drew Dowdell
      Quarterly:
      Ford Motor Company - Not Reported
      General Motors Co. - Not Reported
      Tesla - Not Reported
      FCA US LLC - Not Reported
      Monthly:
      Audi of America -  Up 3.0% for the month, Down 3.9 for the year
      BMW of North America -  Up 6.6% for the month, Down 0.3% for the year
      Genesis Motor America - Not Reported
      Honda Motor Co. -  Up 17.6% for the month, Up 1.2% for the year
      Hyundai Motor America -  Up 12.0% for the month, Up 4.3% for the year
      Infiniti USA - Down 14.9% for the month, Down 12.7% for the year
      Jaguar Land Rover North America - Not Reported
      Kia Motors America - Up 12.7% for the month, Up 4.6% for the year
      Mazda North American Operations - Up 6.5%  for the month, Down 11.5% for the year
      Mercedes-Benz USA - 24.9% for the month, Down 0.9% for the year
      Mitsubishi Motors North America -  Down 3.3% for the month, Up 2.5% for the year
      Nissan Group - Up 13.2% for the month, Down 5.9% for the year
      Porsche Cars North America Inc. -  Up 13.5% for the month, Up 6.2% for the year
      Subaru of America, Inc. - Up 9.3% for the month, Up 6.1% for the year
      Toyota Motor North America - Up 11.3% for the month, Down 0.7% for the year
      Volkswagen of America -  Up 9.8% for the month, Up 6.6% for the year
      Volvo Cars of North America, LLC - Up 2.5% for the month, Up 4.4% for the year

      Brands (Quarterly):
      Alfa Romeo - Not Reported
      Buick -  Not Reported
      Cadillac -  Not Reported
      Chevrolet - Not Reported
      Chrysler - Not Reported
      Dodge - Not Reported
      Ford - Not Reported
      Fiat - Not Reported
      GMC - Not Reported
      Jeep - Not Reported
      Lincoln - Not Reported
      Ram Trucks - Not Reported
      Tesla - Not Reported

      Brands (Monthly):
      Acura - Up 0.8% - 15,189 MTD / 101,715 YTD
      Audi - Up 3.0% - 21,531 MTD / 142,341 YTD
      BMW - Up 7.2% - 25,505 MTD / 204,960 YTD
      Genesis - Not reported
      Honda - Up 19.6% - 158,804 MTD / 990,569 YTD
      Hyundai - Up 12.0% - 63,737 MTD / 454,405 YTD
      Infiniti - Down 14.9% - 9,185 MTD / 80,903 YTD
      Jaguar - Not Reported
      Kia - Up 12.7% - 60,730 MTD / 418,979 YTD
      Land Rover -  Not Reported
      Lexus - Up 4.6% - 29,931 MTD  / 190,691 YTD
      Mazda - Up 6.5% - 27,482 MTD / 189,329 YTD
      Mercedes-Benz - Up 21.8% - 24,771 MTD / 196,779 YTD
      Mercedes-Benz Vans - UP 43.5% 5,373 MTD / 24,276 YTD
      MINI - Up 1.0% - 3,838 MTD / 24,248 YTD
      Mitsubishi - Down 3.3% - 8,139 MTD / 85,693 YTD
      Nissan - Up 16.2% - 118,045 MTD / 862,243 YTD
      Porsche - Up 13.5% - 4,636 MTD / 39,849 YTD
      Smart - Down 31.5% - 74 MTD / 626 YTD
      Subaru - Up 9.3% - 70,039 MTD / 473,670 YTD
      Toyota - Up 12.3% - 248,334 MTD / 1,609,646 YTD
      Volkswagen - Up 9.8% - 35,412 MTD / 251,208 YTD
      Volvo - Up 2.2% - 8,970 MTD / 65,214 YTD

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