Strong Jeep, Dodge rebound push FCA volume up 15%

Ram brand sales climbed 2.9 percent in October on a 2.8 percent increase in sales of its line of pickups, as well as a 19 percent increase in sales of the full-size Ram ProMaster van.

Strong Jeep and minivan sales, and a resurgence at Dodge, pushed FCA US sales up 15 percent in October.

The automaker reported 195,545 sales last month, its 67th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. All of FCA’s U.S. brands reported sales gains for October, the first time that has happened since January.

Jeep continued to lead in terms of sales gains, with volume climbing 33 percent in October. The brand’s entire lineup posted gains for the month. The Cherokee, Compass, Wrangler and Patriot all posted record deliveries for the month.

A resurgent Dodge brand saw sales climb 12 percent last month, as the Charger, Challenger and Journey all posted record sales for October. Importantly, sales of the Grand Caravan minivan climbed 21 percent to 12,094 and reached their highest level of the year as volume recovers from an extended plant shutdown earlier this year.

Ram brand sales climbed 2.9 percent in October on a 2.8 percent increase in sales of its line of pickups, as well as a 19 percent increase in sales of the full-size Ram ProMaster van.

Chrysler brand deliveries climbed just 0.9 percent in October on a 3.6 percent gain in sales of the Chrysler Town & Country minivan, which, like the Grand Caravan, also saw its highest sales levels of the year. Sales of the Chrysler 200 midsize sedan gained 1.9 percent, offsetting a decline in demand for the larger Chrysler 300 sedan.

Fiat brand sales climbed 0.9 percent in October, with the new 500X crossover outselling the brand’s other two models, the 500 minicar and 500L sedan, combined. Sales of both the 500 and 500L fell by more than half from October 2014.

FCA said it finished the month with 625,092 unsold cars and light trucks in inventory, a 90-day supply.

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