Fiat Chrysler sales rise 17% in November, driven up by brisk demand for the Italian-American automaker’s Jeep and Ram products.
FCA sold 181,310 cars and trucks in the U.S. last month, compared with 154,919 in the same period last year, according to Wards Intelligence data. There were 25 selling days in the month, same as year-ago.
“Our dealers saw steady customer traffic throughout the month and especially during the Thanksgiving weekend,” U.S. sales chief Reid Bigland says in a statement.
FCA reports retail sales grew 6% to 136,704 units, its best November performance since 2001. The automaker sold 44,606 units into the fleet channel last month.
Jeep brand deliveries soared 12% to 73,784 units. The redesigned Wrangler turned in 15,963 sales, a gain of 20% compared with last year, while Cherokee demand improved 23% to 20,296 copies. The Compass recorded 11,665 deliveries, up 25% from year-ago. Wrangler, Cherokee and Compass sales each were new highs for the nameplates.
Ram brand sales gained 44% from last year to 57,970 units, also a new record the month. The Ram 1500 saw a record 37,637 pickups fly off dealer lots, a 59% improvement from the same period last year.
Alfa Romeo sales were up 36% to 33,196 on the strength of Stelvio CUV demand, which grew 57% to 1,034 units. Dodge sales rose 15% to 33,196, while Chrysler deliveries tumbled 21% to 13,094. Fiat sales dipped 24% to 1,309.