FCA US reported August U.S. sales rose 3.1 percent from a year earlier, based on 2015 numbers that were adjusted downward sharply as part of a five-year restatement of sales released in late July.
Against the figure originally reported last year, FCA’s U.S. sales would have been down 2.4 percent.
The automaker said it sold 196,756 vehicles in August, compared with restated August 2015 sales of 190,887. Fleet sales in August accounted for 24 percent of the total, the company said.
FCA originally reported August 2015 sales at 201,672, but on July 26, it said it had changed its reporting methodology to report fleet sales when they were delivered and net out previously reported sales that were subsequently unwound.
FCA said today that Jeep brand sales were up 12 percent in August against its restated sales from a year earlier. The Wrangler was the only model in the Jeep lineup to post a decline from a year ago, with sales falling 16 percent, the company said.
Dodge brand sales climbed 5.1 percent in August, with every model but the Dart posting a sales increase of at least 1.8 percent, according to the automaker’s restated sales reporting. Dart production will end in September, and thus far, FCA has not announced what, if anything, will replace the small sedan in the lineup.
FCA said Ram brand sales rose 1.6 percent in August on increases for its two commercial vans. Pickup sales were flat against restated numbers, FCA reported, but would have been down over 11 percent against their originally reported August 2015 sales.
Fiat brand sales declined 21 percent in August, FCA said, while Chrysler brand sales fell 22 percent, all on a decline in the sales of the 200 sedan. Production of the 200 is scheduled to end in December, and FCA hasn’t announced what, if anything, will replace the midsize sedan in the lineup.
FCA reported that it had 557,383 unsold vehicles in inventory, a 74-days supply.