DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler -- in its first monthly sales report since it restated more than five years of sales data -- reported U.S. sales up 0.3 percent in July, thanks entirely to gains from Jeep and Ram.
FCA US had 180,727 sales in July. The figure included a 2 percent decline in retail sales to 155,885 and a 22 percent year-over-year gain in fleet sales.
Last month, FCA US restated sales from 2011 to 2016 under a new reporting methodology after admitting that its sales reports were the subject of a federal investigation. After restating the numbers, the automaker said that what had been a 75-month streak of year-over-year monthly sales increases had actually ended in September 2013 after 40 months.
For its July sales results, FCA said Jeep sales climbed 5 percent on double-digit gains in its smaller SUVs -- the Renegade, Compass and Patriot. Sales of the Grand Cherokee climbed slightly in July, while sales of the Cherokee and Wrangler fell.
Ram sales climbed 4.9 percent in July on strong increases in sales of its ProMaster and ProMaster City commercial vans, and a slight increase in sales of the Ram pickup lineup.
Chrysler sales were down 4.1 percent in July as 7,911 sales of the new Pacifica minivan offset double-digit sales declines in the 300, 200 and the out-of-production Town & Country.
Dodge sales were down 10 percent in July, with only the Grand Caravan and Challenger recording sales increases.
Similarly, Fiat brand sales continued to struggle in July, down 14 percent, as a 0.8 percent sales gain in the 500X crossover failed to offset losses from both the 500 and 500L.
The automaker had an 81 days supply of inventory.