FCA up 5.8% on Jeep, Chrysler 200, Ram

Chrysler-brand sales were up 26 percent in April, the biggest gain by any of FCA's brands in the U.S. Photo credit: DAVID PHILLIPS

DETROIT -- Strong Jeep and Chrysler 200 sales pushed Fiat Chrysler's U.S. deliveries up 5.8 percent in April.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles reported U.S. sales of 189,027 units, its 61st consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains.

The gain was posted despite a 0.5 percent decline in light truck sales, caused mainly by limited supplies of the automaker’s three minivans. The minivans’ assembly plant is down for retooling.

Chrysler-brand sales were up 26 percent in April, the biggest gain by any of FCA’s brands in the U.S.

The monthly gain was entirely due to strong sales of the Chrysler 200. The redesigned 2015 Chrysler 200 began showing up in U.S. dealerships in May 2014. Sales of the brand’s other two nameplates, the 300 and Town & Country, fell.

Jeep-brand sales rose 20 percent in April, buoyed by the introduction of the Jeep Renegade subcompact SUV. The Cherokee set an all-time sales record while both the Wrangler and Patriot had record sales for the month of April.

Ram-brand sales climbed 4.3 percent. The Ram pickup rose 3.4 percent and had its best-ever sales for the month of April. Solid sales of the recently introduced ProMaster and ProMaster City commercial vans helped offset a sharp loss in sales of the Ram C/V.

Like FCA’s two passenger minivans, the Ram C/V is in limited supply as the Windsor Assembly plant in Ontario is down for retooling. FCA has restricted fleet sales of the Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans until the Windsor plant returns to production in late May.

Sales for the Fiat brand fell 13 percent in April, with sales of the 500 minicar falling sharply and sales of the 500L flat for the month.

Dodge-brand sales fell 16 percent in April, entirely on lost sales of the discontinued Avenger and restricted sales of the Grand Caravan minivan. Challenger sales were up 32 percent to post an all-time monthly sales record while the compact Dart sedan set a record for April sales.

You can reach Larry P. Vellequette at lvellequette@crain.com -- Follow Larry P. on Twitter: @LarryVellequett

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