Fiat Chrysler sales grew 4% in May 2015 driven by the high demand for Jeep and the Chrysler 200. In the U.S., it sold 202,227 units – marking the 62nd straight month of getting year-over-year sales gains. It also marks the first time since March 2007 that the automaker surpassed sales of 200,000 vehicles. Records were broken by seven models.
May was the all-time best month the Jeep Wrangler and Cherokee, Chrysler 200 and Dodge Challenger. Meanwhile, the Jeep Patriot, Dodge Dart and Ram ProMaster all had their highest-ever sales for the month of May. Jeep, which experienced a boost from the launch of the new Renegade subcompact crossover, reported its best monthly sales ever in May, with a 13% sales increase.
Patriot shipments increased by almost a third in May, while Compass sales fell by half. Furthermore, Ram posted a 12% rise in sales on a 7.6% growth in its pickup range, brisk sales of the ProMaster full-size cargo van and the arrival of the smaller ProMaster City van.
Ram had its best May since 2005. A 32% increase was recorded for Chrysler brand sales. This was based entirely on a sixfold climb in Chrysler 200 sales. A steep drop was reported for sales of all of FCA’s minivans (including the Chrysler Town & Country) amid the suspension of fleet sales because of retooling at the assembly plant in Windsor, Ontario, that took three months.
Last May 25, the plant resumed operations. It is expected to ramp up its output back to its previous levels this month. Meanwhile, sales of the 500 minicar and 500L five-door hatchback declined by double digits. As a result, Fiat brand sales fell 19%. Only eight units of the 500X crossover were sold in the month.
Also in the month of May, Dodge sales declined by 22%. The only good news that you can get from the brand’s lineup is the 29% rise in Challenger sales.
The automaker posted flat sales for the Dart, Journey and Durango. Meanwhile, sales of the Grand Caravan and Charger fell. At the end of the month, FCA had a 69-day supply (equivalent to more than 540,000 unsold units on hand).