Jeep carries FCA to 68th straight monthly sales gain

DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler rode record Jeep sales to a 3 percent sales gain in the U.S. in November, its best since 2000.

FCA US, in a statement today, said it sold 175,974 vehicles last month, marking the automaker’s 68th consecutive month of sales gains. Truck sales rose 11 percent to 143,496 units, while car deliveries dropped 22 percent to 32,478 units.

Jeep sales rose 20 percent to 68,903, its best November on record, offsetting declines in the Chrysler, Dodge and Fiat brands.

The entire Jeep lineup posted sales gains on the month, and four models -- the Cherokee, Compass, Patriot and Wrangler -- recorded their best November sales on record. The Compass led Jeep models with a 19 percent year-over-year increase in sales to 4,886 units, while the new Renegade compact SUV sold 7,345 units in its first November sales month.

Ram brand sales rose 1 percent to 41,107 vehicles. FCA said sales of the Ram pickup rose 2 percent to 36,407 units, giving it its best November sales ever. Sales of the ProMaster Van dropped 16 percent to 2,754 units, while the new ProMaster City sold 1,942 units in its first November sales month.

Chrysler brand sales fell 12 percent on the month to 23,953 vehicles, despite a 20-percent gain from the Town & Country minivan to 9,689 units. The Chrysler 200 dropped 28 percent to 10,332 vehicles, while the 300 declined 19 percent to 3,932 units.

FCA said Dodge sales dropped 8 percent in November from a year earlier, despite gains from five of its eight vehicles. Sales of the Dart compact sedan plummeted 31 percent to 6,190 units in November, while Caravan sales fell 8 percent to 8,158 vehicles. The Challenger, up 3 percent on the month, and Journey, up 4 percent on the month, saw their best November sales ever. The Charger (2 percent), Viper (11 percent) and Durango (7 percent) also posted gains.

Fiat brand sales fell 3 percent to 3,029 units, as its new 500X crossover outsold its two other offerings. Sales of the 500 subcompact car and 500L compact car plummeted 51 percent and 80 percent on the month, respectively, to 968 and 228 units. Fiat sold 1,833 of the 500X crossovers in the vehicle’s first November of sales.

The automaker said it finished November with 659,063 unsold cars, an 86-day supply of inventory.

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