Chrysler's decision to hold back the 2014 Jeep Cherokee from dealers for a couple of months while engineers tweaked its transmission software was a PR headache.
But now dealers are crediting the decision for an impressive first full sales month in November of 10,169 units.
While engineers adjusted the software, Chrysler stockpiled more than 25,000 Cherokees. Almost all of them were test driven to make sure the software fix worked as intended.
When the Cherokees were released to dealers late in October, they went out in a massive wave, meaning most dealers had their full monthly allocations in stock by mid-November.