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    • By William Maley
      FCA US Reports 2018 January Sales
      FCA January retail sales rise 2 percent to second highest level in 17 years Fleet sales reduced 50 percent year-over-year  Total sales decline 13 percent year-over-year February 1, 2018 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC today reported sales of 132,803 vehicles, a 13 percent decrease compared with sales in January 2017 of 152,218.
       
      Retail sales rose 2 percent to 111,577, making it the second highest level since 2001. FCA maintained its strategy of reducing fleet sales, which decreased by 50 percent compared with January 2017. Fleet accounted for 16 percent of total January sales.
       
      Jeep® Brand
      Jeep brand total sales increased 2 percent in January to 59,703. Retail sales increased 11 percent to 57,017, setting a record for January. The Jeep Compass generated total sales of 10,192 – also a record for January. Jeep Cherokee total sales for January rose 16 percent to 14,621. Dealerships began receiving deliveries of the all-new 2018 Jeep Wrangler in January, which is being produced in Toledo, Ohio.   
       
      Chrysler Brand
      Chrysler brand total sales declined 21 percent in January to 10,584 compared with the same month a year ago. The Chrysler Pacifica minivan posted a 20 percent sales increase to 8,011 marking its best January ever. The 2018 Pacifica was also named “Family Car of the Year” by Cars.com in January.
      Dodge Brand
      Dodge brand total sales declined 31 percent to 27,600. The Dodge Durango full-size SUV continued generating strong results by posting a 9 percent increase in sales compared with the same month a year earlier. The Dodge Challenger received an Automotive Loyalty Award from IHS Markit in January. It had the highest model loyalty in the non-luxury mid-size sport segment.   
      Ram Truck Brand
      Ram Truck brand sales were down 16 percent to 32,039 compared with the previous year. Ram unveiled the new 2019 1500 pickup truck at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. The truck is slated to start production by the end of the first quarter in Sterling Heights, Michigan.
       
      FIAT Brand
      Sales of Fiat brand declined 43 percent to 1,229 vehicles.  
       
      Alfa Romeo Brand
      Alfa Romeo brand sales of 1,648 vehicles were up significantly compared with the same month a year ago. Giulia led the brand with 948 sales, followed by Stelvio at 688.  
      Method of Determining FCA US LLC’s 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 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). FCA US LLC Sales Summary January 2018
                      Month Sales
      Vol %
      CYTD Sales
      Vol %
      Model
      Curr Yr
      Pr Yr
      Change
      Curr Yr
      Pr Yr
      Change
      Compass
      10,192
      3,164
      222%
      10,192
      3,164
      222%
      Patriot
      148
      4,700
      -97%
      148
      4,700
      -97%
      Wrangler
      11,739
      11,334
      4%
      11,739
      11,334
      4%
      Cherokee
      14,621
      12,551
      16%
      14,621
      12,551
      16%
      Grand Cherokee
      16,364
      17,301
      -5%
      16,364
      17,301
      -5%
      Renegade
      6,639
      9,365
      -29%
      6,639
      9,365
      -29%
      JEEP BRAND
      59,703
      58,415
      2%
      59,703
      58,415
      2%
      200
      251
      1,861
      -87%
      251
      1,861
      -87%
      300
      2,320
      4,708
      -51%
      2,320
      4,708
      -51%
      Town & Country
      2
      138
      -99%
      2
      138
      -99%
      Pacifica
      8,011
      6,670
      20%
      8,011
      6,670
      20%
      CHRYSLER BRAND
      10,584
      13,377
      -21%
      10,584
      13,377
      -21%
      Dart
      83
      1,397
      -94%
      83
      1,397
      -94%
      Avenger
      1
      0
      100%
      1
      0
        Charger
      5,193
      7,153
      -27%
      5,193
      7,153
      -27%
      Challenger
      3,405
      3,393
      0%
      3,405
      3,393
      0%
      Viper
      2
      53
      -96%
      2
      53
      -96%
      Journey
      3,362
      12,636
      -73%
      3,362
      12,636
      -73%
      Caravan
      10,409
      10,770
      -3%
      10,409
      10,770
      -3%
      Durango
      5,145
      4,707
      9%
      5,145
      4,707
      9%
      DODGE  BRAND
      27,600
      40,109
      -31%
      27,600
      40,109
      -31%
      Ram P/U
      29,358
      33,769
      -13%
      29,358
      33,769
      -13%
      Cargo Van
      0
      0
      0%
      0
      0
        ProMaster Van
      1,771
      3,351
      -47%
      1,771
      3,351
      -47%
      ProMaster City
      910
      925
      -2%
      910
      925
      -2%
      RAM BRAND
      32,039
      38,045
      -16%
      32,039
      38,045
      -16%
      500
      454
      1,218
      -63%
      454
      1,218
      -63%
      500L
      104
      106
      -2%
      104
      106
      -2%
      500X
      488
      600
      -19%
      488
      600
      -19%
      Spider
      183
      240
      -24%
      183
      240
      -24%
      FIAT BRAND
      1,229
      2,164
      -43%
      1,229
      2,164
      -43%
      Giulia
      948
      70
      1254%
      948
      70
      1254%
      Alfa 4C 
      12
      38
      -68%
      12
      38
      -68%
      Stelvio
      688
      0
      New
      688
      0
      New
      ALFA ROMEO
      1,648
      108
      1426%
      1,648
      108
      1426%
      FCA US LLC
      132,803
      152,218
      -13%
      132,803
      152,218
      -13%
    • By William Maley
      After more than a decade of production, the last Jeep JK Wrangler is expected to roll off the assembly line on April 7th. Automotive News obtained a WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) filed by supplier Hyundai Mobis North America to the State of Ohio. The line where the JK is built at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Toledo, Ohio plant will be shut down for extensive retooling to make way for the Wrangler pickup. Production is expected to begin next April.
      FCA retooled part of the Toledo plant last year to make way for the JL Wrangler. Production of this model began back in November.
      We still don't many details about the Wrangler pickup aside from it looking like the new Wrangler with a pickup bed. Rumor has it that the pickup will have a slightly altered frame from the standard Wrangler and possibly have the Scrambler nameplate.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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    • By William Maley
      After more than a decade of production, the last Jeep JK Wrangler is expected to roll off the assembly line on April 7th. Automotive News obtained a WARN (Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification) filed by supplier Hyundai Mobis North America to the State of Ohio. The line where the JK is built at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' Toledo, Ohio plant will be shut down for extensive retooling to make way for the Wrangler pickup. Production is expected to begin next April.
      FCA retooled part of the Toledo plant last year to make way for the JL Wrangler. Production of this model began back in November.
      We still don't many details about the Wrangler pickup aside from it looking like the new Wrangler with a pickup bed. Rumor has it that the pickup will have a slightly altered frame from the standard Wrangler and possibly have the Scrambler nameplate.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
    • By William Maley
      Jeep's boss Mike Manley told reporters at the Detroit Auto Show that the brand is looking 'very closely' at building a crossover smaller than the Renegade. The model would be targeted at markets like Europe where small cars are dominate. 
      If given the go-ahead, the new Jeep would be based on FCA’s Mini platform that underpins the Fiat 500 and Panda. Production could take place in Pomigliano, Italy. One issue that needs to be addressed before a decision is made is making sure the model is capable off-road like other Jeep models.
      According to supplier sources, FCA has been talking about possibly producing this model. However, the project has suffered many stop and starts.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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    • By William Maley
      Jeep's boss Mike Manley told reporters at the Detroit Auto Show that the brand is looking 'very closely' at building a crossover smaller than the Renegade. The model would be targeted at markets like Europe where small cars are dominate. 
      If given the go-ahead, the new Jeep would be based on FCA’s Mini platform that underpins the Fiat 500 and Panda. Production could take place in Pomigliano, Italy. One issue that needs to be addressed before a decision is made is making sure the model is capable off-road like other Jeep models.
      According to supplier sources, FCA has been talking about possibly producing this model. However, the project has suffered many stop and starts.
      Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
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