Fiat Chrysler sales soar in September

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FCA US sales soared 15 percent to 199,819 vehicles in September, led by record Ram and Jeep results for the month, topping crosstown rival Ford Motor Co.’s 196,496 light-vehicle sales.

It was the first time FCA US outsold Ford in the U.S. since November 2015, according to the Automotive News Data Center.

The results marked FCA’s best September for total and retail sales since 2000. Ram had its best September since the brand launched in 2009. Its sales were up 9.2 percent to 56,447.

FCA US sales for the first nine months of the year are up 6.4 percent from 2017.

Brands: Jeep up 14%; Ram up 9.2%; Chrysler down 6.8%; Dodge up 41%; Fiat down 46%; Alfa Romeo up 29%.



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Notable nameplates: Ram pickup up 10%; Chrysler Pacifica down 1.9%; Jeep Compass up 46%; Jeep Cherokee up 87%; Jeep Grand Cherokee down 13%; Jeep Wrangler up 1.7%; Dodge Journey up 48%; Alfa Romeo Stelvio up 163%.

Incentives: $4,655 per vehicle, up 0.5% from a year earlier, according to ALG.

Average transaction price: $34,645 up 3.6% from September 2017, according to ALG.

Fleet mix: 25%, up from 16% in September 2017.

Quote: “Our Ram and Jeep brands propelled both our retail and total sales to their highest levels in 18 years,” said Reid Bigland, head of FCA US sales.

Did you know? Jeep’s sales total of 83,764 vehicles in September marked the ninth straight monthly sales record for the brand, and it was the sixth time out of nine months this year that Jeep sales totaled more than 80,000 vehicles.