Jeep powers FCA US to 14% increase

The Jeep brand had record U.S. sales for the month of September, up 40 percent from a year ago.

Record Jeep sales pushed Fiat Chrysler sales up 14 percent last month as every brand but Chrysler recorded a gain.

FCA US said it sold 193,019 vehicles in the United States in September, its 66th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains.

The Jeep brand had record sales for the month of September, up 40 percent from a year ago. The Cherokee set an all-time sales record, pushing over 20,000 units for the first time, while both the Wrangler and Compass set sales records for the month of September.

Ram brand sales climbed 3.8 percent, thanks to a 76 percent gain in sales of the Ram ProMaster van and despite a flat month from its pickup lineup. The ProMaster recorded its best-ever sales for the month of September.

The Dodge brand recorded its first positive month since January, climbing 2.6 percent in September on the strength of two vehicles. The Dodge Journey had its best monthly sales total ever last month, while the Dodge Challenger set a September sales record.

Fiat brand sales climbed 1.1 percent in September as sales of the 500X crossover offset sharp double-digit declines in sales of the 500 minicar and 500L five-door hatchback. Sales of the 500L were down by 46 percent in September, despite publicity from Pope Francis’ use of a 500L as his official vehicle during his visit to the United States late in the month.

Chrysler brand sales fell 5.3 percent, as a 30 percent drop in sales of the Town & Country minivan pulled down a double-digit gain by the 300 and record September sales of the 200 sedan.

FCA said it ended the month with a 590,503 unsold vehicles, a 76-day supply.

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

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