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February 2017: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC

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FCA US Reports February 2017 U.S. Sales

  • Ram Truck brand sales up 4 percent compared with same month a year ago
  • Three Jeep® brand vehicles record sales increases in February; Jeep Grand Cherokee sales up 11 percent
  • Three Dodge brand vehicles post sales increases in February; Dodge Journey sales up 55 percent 

February 1, 2017 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - FCA US LLC today reported U.S. sales of 168,326 units, a 10 percent decrease compared with sales in February 2016 (187,318 units).
 
In February, fleet sales of 44,898 units were down 26 percent year over year as FCA US continues its strategy of reducing its sales to the daily rental segment. Fleet sales represented 27 percent of total FCA US sales in February. FCA US retail sales of 123,428 units were down 3 percent for the month, and represented 73 percent of total February sales.
 
Ram Truck brand sales were up 4 percent in February, compared with the same month a year ago. Three Jeep® brand vehicles topped February sales from a year ago, including the Jeep Renegade with an 11 percent increase. Sales of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the brand’s volume leader in February, were up 11 percent as well. Three Dodge brand vehicles recorded year-over-year sales increases in February led by the Dodge Journey’s 55 percent sales gain. Sales of the Fiat 500 and the all-new Chrysler Pacifica minivan were up year over year as well.
 
Ram Truck Brand
Ram Truck brand sales were up 4 percent in February, compared with the same month a year ago. Sales of the Ram pickup truck increased 5 percent year over year in the month. The brand introduced new special-edition Night packages for Ram 2500 and 3500 HD pickup trucks at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show in February. The new Night editions further expand the Ram factory-custom truck family from the half-ton Ram 1500 announced in September 2016 to the brand’s three-quarter and one-ton models. Production of the 2017 Ram HD Night models began in early February.
 
Dodge Brand
The Dodge Challenger, Dodge Journey, and Dodge Viper each posted sales gains in February, led by the Journey’s 55 percent year-over-year increase. The Challenger turned in a 19 percent increase, while Viper sales were up 23 percent in the month. The Dodge brand unveiled the new 2018 Dodge Durango SRT – America’s fastest, most powerful and most capable three-row SUV – at last month’s 2017 Chicago Auto Show. In addition, Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com announced at the show that the Grand Caravan earned its 5-Year Cost to Own Award in the minivan category for the third time in four years. The awards honor the vehicles and brands (luxury and non-luxury) with the lowest projected ownership costs, based on Kelley Blue Book’s 5-Year Cost to Own data for new cars for the initial five-year ownership period.
 
Jeep Brand
Three Jeep brand models recorded sales increases in February. Both the Jeep Grand Cherokee – the brand’s volume leader for the month – and the Jeep Renegade posted 11 percent year-over-year sales increases. In addition, the Jeep Wrangler logged a 2 percent increase in February. Jeep brand retail sales were up year over year in February. The latest Wrangler – the new 2017Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Recon – debuted at the Chicago Auto Show last month, featuring improved off-road prowess with a stronger front axle, enhanced rock rails and heavy-duty cast differential covers. Also last month, KBB.com announced at the Chicago Auto Show that the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited earned its 5-Year Cost to Own Award in the Mid-size SUV/Crossover category for a third-consecutive year.
 
FIAT Brand
Sales of the Fiat 500 were up 1 percent in February, compared with the same month a year ago. Sales of the new Fiat 124 Spider were up 26 percent compared with the previous month of January. The 124 Spider was named in February as one of the Best Cars for the Money in the Sports Car category by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, the Fiat 124 Spider Abarth, according to the valuation experts at Hagerty, is one of 10 vehicles this year that stand out as the likeliest to grow in value and appeal to classic car enthusiasts. That puts the 124 Spider Abarth on the “Hagerty Hot List” for 2017. 
 
Chrysler Brand
Sales of the all-new 2017 Chrysler Pacifica – the most awarded minivan of 2016 and 2017 – were up in its second month of year-over-year comparisons, and increased 36 percent compared with sales in the previous month of January. The Pacifica continues to earn a plethora of awards and accolades in 2017. In February, the Pacifica was named Best Minivan for the Money by U.S. News & World Report, 2017 Family Vehicle of the Year by the Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA), and MotorWeek’s 2017 Drivers’ Choice Award for Best Minivan. The Chrysler 300 full-size sedan turned in a 2 percent year-over-year increase in February.
  
Alfa Romeo Brand
Alfa Romeo brand sales of 443 units were up 843 percent compared with the same month in 2016.
 
Maserati Brand
Maserati brand sales of 1,087 units were up 49 percent compared with the same month a year ago.

 

U.S. Sales Summary February 2017

       
 

Month Sales

Vol %

CYTD Sales

Vol %

Model

Curr Yr

Pr Yr

Change

Curr Yr

Pr Yr

Change

Compass

2,737

8,893

-69%

5,901

15,164

-61%

Patriot

5,512

11,363

-51%

10,212

19,947

-49%

Wrangler

13,641

13,349

2%

24,975

24,336

3%

Cherokee

13,615

15,353

-11%

26,166

32,136

-19%

Grand Cherokee

18,925

16,990

11%

36,226

30,965

17%

Renegade

7,915

7,115

11%

17,280

13,282

30%

JEEP BRAND

62,345

73,063

-15%

120,760

135,830

-11%

200

2,194

6,259

-65%

4,055

10,944

-63%

300

5,386

5,304

2%

10,094

10,969

-8%

Town & Country

108

11,645

-99%

246

23,028

-99%

Pacifica

9,042

71

New

15,712

110

New

CHRYSLER BRAND

16,730

23,279

-28%

30,107

45,051

-33%

Dart

1,683

5,824

-71%

3,080

11,104

-72%

Avenger

0

6

-100%

0

15

-100%

Charger

6,930

8,765

-21%

14,083

17,547

-20%

Challenger

6,107

5,142

19%

9,500

10,803

-12%

Viper

54

44

23%

107

72

49%

Journey

9,906

6,375

55%

22,542

17,961

26%

Caravan

13,682

13,978

-2%

24,452

24,933

-2%

Durango

5,516

6,851

-19%

10,223

12,852

-20%

DODGE  BRAND

43,878

46,985

-7%

83,987

95,287

-12%

Ram P/U

39,046

37,087

5%

72,815

69,651

5%

Cargo Van

0

0

0%

0

2

-100%

ProMaster Van

2,648

2,697

-2%

5,999

5,039

19%

ProMaster City

1,091

1,509

-28%

2,016

2,665

-24%

RAM BRAND

42,785

41,293

4%

80,830

77,357

4%

Giulia

412

0

New

482

0

New

Alfa 4C 

31

47

-34%

69

115

-40%

ALFA BRAND

443

47

843%

551

115

379%

500

1,131

1,120

1%

2,349

2,101

12%

500L

72

370

-81%

178

727

-76%

500X

640

1,161

-45%

1,240

2,202

-44%

Spider

302

0

New

542

0

New

FIAT BRAND

2,145

2,651

-19%

4,309

5,030

-14%

TOTAL FCA US LLC

168,326

187,318

-10%

320,544

358,670

-11%

    Total Car & MPV

47,134

58,575

-20%

84,949

112,468

-24%

    Total UV's

78,407

87,450

-10%

154,765

168,845

-8%

    Total Truck & LCV

42,785

41,293

4%

80,830

77,357

4%

             

MASERATI BRAND

1,087

728

49%

1,976

1,253

58%

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      Ford Motor Company - Up 6.2% (200,436 Vehicles Sold This Month, 2,133,895 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Porsche Cars North America, Inc. - Up 4.6% (4,715 Vehicles Sold This Month, 45,952 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Toyota Motor North America - Up 1.1% (188,434 Vehicles Sold This Month, 2,019,913 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      American Honda Motor Co. - Up 0.9% (127,353 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,358,956 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Subaru of America, Inc. - Up 0.5% (54,045 Vehicles Sold This Month, 532,893 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mercedes-Benz USA - Down 0.8% (31,541 Vehicles Sold This Month, 301,653 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      General Motors Co. - Down 2.2% (252,813 Vehicles Sold This Month, 2,448,315 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mitsubishi Motors North America - Down 3.4% (7,831 Vehicles Sold This Month, 86,576 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Jaguar Land Rover North America - Down 4% (8,368 Vehicles Sold This Month, 93,077 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mazda North American Operations - Down 8.4% (20,811 Vehicles Sold This Month, 241,108 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Kia Motors America - Down 9.4% (44,397 Vehicles Sold This Month, 502,327 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Maserati North America, Inc. - Down 12.6% (1,140 Vehicles Sold This Month, 11,129 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      FCA US LLC - Down 13% (153,373 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,732,511 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Hyundai Motor America - Down 15.2% (53,010 Vehicles Sold This Month, 564,750 Vehicles Sold This Year)

      BMW Group U.S. - 

      Brands:
      Acura - Down 1.3% (12,698 Vehicles Sold This Month, 126,824 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Alfa Romeo - Up 5,139% (1,205 Vehicles Sold This Month, 8,557 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Audi - Up 9.6% (19,425 Vehicles Sold This Month, 180,339 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      BMW - 
      Buick - Down 4.5% (19,142 Vehicles Sold This Month, 178,972 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Cadillac - Down 0.1% (13,931 Vehicles Sold This Month, 127,777 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Chevrolet - Down 3.8% (175,110 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,691,302 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Chrysler - Down 22% (11,018 Vehicles Sold This Month, 154,827 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Dodge - Down 41% (24,476 Vehicles Sold This Month, 390,266 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Fiat - Down 33% (1,769 Vehicles Sold This Month, 23,021 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Ford - Up 6.6% (191,527 Vehicles Sold This Month, 2,042,264 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Genesis - Up 49% (1,786 Vehicles Sold This Month, 16,888 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      GMC - Up 4.6% (44,630 Vehicles Sold This Month, 450,264 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Honda - Up 1.2% (114,655 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,232,132 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Hyundai - Down 16.4% (51,224 Vehicles Sold This Month, 547,862 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Infiniti - Down 8.1% (10,296 Vehicles Sold This Month, 124,010 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Jaguar - Down 10% (2,891 Vehicles Sold This Month, 33,119 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Jeep - Down 3% (67,074 Vehicles Sold This Month, 689,316 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Kia - Down 9.4% (44,397 Vehicles Sold This Month, 502,327 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Land Rover - Down 1% (5,477 Vehicles Sold This Month, 59,958 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Lexus - Down 7.7% (22,894 Vehicles Sold This Month, 242,553 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Lincoln - Down 1.8% (8,909 Vehicles Sold This Month, 91,631 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Maserati - Down 12.6% (1,140 Vehicles Sold This Month, 11,129 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mazda - Down 8.4% (20,811 Vehicles Sold This Month, 241,108 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Mercedes-Benz - Up 0.1% (31,401 Vehicles Sold This Month, 298,878 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      MINI - 
      Mitsubishi - Down 3.4% (7,831 Vehicles Sold This Month, 86,576 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Nissan - Up 10.2% (112,716 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,195,243 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Porsche - Up 4.6% (4,715 Vehicles Sold This Month, 45,952 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Ram Trucks - Down 3% (47,831 Vehicles Sold This Month, 466,524 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Smart - Down 66.5% (140 Vehicles Sold This Month, 2,775 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Subaru - Up 0.5% (54,045 Vehicles Sold This Month, 532,893 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Toyota - Up 2.5% (165,540 Vehicles Sold This Month, 1,777,360 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Volkswagen - Up 11.9% (27,732 Vehicles Sold This Month, 280,188 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      Volvo - Up 10.5% (7,008 Vehicles Sold This Month, 63,974 Vehicles Sold This Year)
      *Mercedes-Benz's sales numbers include Mercedes-Benz vans.

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    • By William Maley
      Hyundai Motor America Reports October Sales
      Best All-Time Tucson, Santa Fe and Combined CUV October Sales Genesis Sales Up 49 Percent FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Nov. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai Motor America today reported October sales of Hyundai and Genesis branded vehicles of 53,010 units, a 15 percent decline in comparison with the company's all-time best October in 2016. Hyundai's lineup of CUVs continues to drive growth as it sets monthly October sales records for combined CUV sales (up 12 percent), Tucson (up 8 percent) and Santa Fe (up 15 percent). The reduction in fleet sales, down 23 percent from a year ago, is a contributing factor to the overall sales decrease.
      SALES BY BRAND
        Oct-17
      Oct-16
      2017 YTD
      2016 YTD
      Hyundai
      51,224
      61,304
      547,862
      646,284
      Genesis
      1,786
      1,201
      16,888
      3,909
      TOTAL
      53,010
      62,505
      564,750
      650,193
      HYUNDAI BRAND HIGHLIGHTS
      "The CUV growth trend for Hyundai continues as customers are able to find the right size, versatility and performance from Tucson and Santa Fe in highly competitive segments," said John Angevine, director, National Sales, Hyundai Motor America. "With two months remaining in the year, our focus is on maintaining retail market share and working closely with our dealers for a strong close to 2017."
      In October, Hyundai displayed its commitment to making things better for its customers with several corporate and product initiatives. Earlier in the month, Hyundai launched its new Shopper Assurance program in Dallas, Houston, Orlando and Miami, offering customers a streamlined and modernized car buying experience. Hyundai also introduced a new Rear Occupant Alert system and showcased the aftermarket potential of its vehicles by unveiling four unique custom-builds at the SEMA Show, while drivers of its Tucson Fuel Cell accumulated more than 3 million zero-emission miles since the vehicle's launch.
      HYUNDAI MODELS
      Vehicle
      Oct-17
      Oct-16
      2017 YTD
      2016 YTD
      Accent
      5,485
      6,498
      50,126
      68,698
      Azera
      162
      359
      2,773
      4,134
      Elantra
      14,733
      15,917
      157,800
      172,967
      Equus
      0
      30
      20
      1,327
      Genesis
      0
      581
      1,132
      22,244
      Santa Fe
      13,024
      11,311
      108,679
      109,609
      Sonata
      7,595
      14,972
      115,313
      170,251
      Tucson
      8,731
      8,088
      91,570
      73,421
      Veloster
      596
      3,548
      11,122
      23,633
      Ioniq
      898
      0
      9,327
      0
      GENESIS BRAND HIGHLIGHTS
      October Genesis vehicle sales totaled 1,786, a 49 percent increase over last year, while G80 sales were up 27 percent.
      "Consumer demand and awareness for G80 and G90 are increasing, directly resulting in sales growth as both of our product lines have now been available for one year. We're pleased with how our brand is performing going into November and December," said Erwin Raphael, general manager of Genesis in the U.S. market. "In October, we also launched two key initiatives – an innovative new website called 'MyGenesis' for our customers and a partnership with the Executive Leadership Council."
      GENESIS MODELS
      Vehicle
      Oct-17
      Oct-16
      2017 YTD
      2016 YTD
      G80
      1,408
      1,109
      13,264
      3,807
      G90
      378
      92
      3,624
      102
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