Chrysler Group LLC Reports July 2013 U.S. Sales Increased 11 Percent; Best July Sales in Seven Years

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Aug. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Best July sales since 2006
  • 40th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains
  • Jeep®, Dodge, Ram Truck and FIAT brands each post sales increases in July compared with same month a year ago
  • Six Chrysler Group vehicles set sales records in July
  • Ram Truck brand sales up 31 percent; largest percentage sales gain of any Chrysler Group brand in July and best July sales since 2007
  • All Jeep brand vehicles in production record double-digit percentage increases
  • Dodge Charger and Fiat 500 lead their segments in J.D. Power's 2013 U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study™; Ram Truck brand ranks as the highest non-premium brand in the industry
     

Chrysler Group LLC today reported U.S. sales of 140,102 units, an 11 percent increase compared with sales in July 2012 (126,089 units), and the group's best July sales since 2006.

The Jeep®, Dodge, Ram Truck and FIAT brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in July compared with the same month a year ago. The Ram Truck brand's 31 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any Chrysler Group brand in July. Chrysler Group extended its streak of year-over-year sales gains to 40-consecutive months in July.

"We continue to see strong retail sales, particularly with our pickup trucks and SUVs, and that has helped to propel Chrysler Group to our 40th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth," said Reid Bigland, Head of U.S. Sales. "In addition, the all-new Fiat 500L is off to a great start with 962 units sold in its first full month on sale."

The Ram Truck brand sales gain was driven by the 31 percent increase in Ram pickup truck sales. Dodge brand sales were up 18 percent in July, driven in part by the 88 percent increase in Dodge Durango full-size SUV sales. Jeep brand sales were up 2 percent as all Jeep brand models in production recorded year-over-year sales gains in July. FIAT brand sales were up 2 percent in July compared with the same month a year ago.

Six Chrysler Group vehicles set sales records in the month of July. Three Dodge brand vehicles – the Dodge Avenger mid-size sedan, Dodge Challenger, and Dodge Dart compact sedan – each recorded their best sales for the month of July. The Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Compass also registered their best sales for the month of July. Sales of the flagship Jeep Grand Cherokee were up 30 percent, its best July sales since 2005.

Chrysler Group finished the month with a 66-days supply of inventory (371,889 units). U.S. industry sales figures for July are projected at an estimated 15.8 million units Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR).

July 2013 U.S. Sales Highlights by Brand

Ram Truck Brand

Ram Truck brand sales were up 31 percent, the brand's best July sales since 2007. July was the fifth-consecutive month in which the Ram Truck brand registered the largest percentage year-over-year sales gain of any Chrysler Group brand. Sales of the Ram pickup truck were up 31 percent, its 39th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains and its best July sales since 2006. Sales of the Light Duty Ram pickup were up 25 percent in July, driven by the Crew Cab pickups, while Heavy Duty Ram sales increased 35 percent.

The Ram Truck brand in July celebrated the start of production of its new 2014 Ram ProMaster Van at Chrysler Group's Saltillo Van Assembly Plant in Coahuilla, Mexico. The new 2014 Ram ProMaster is Ram Commercial's latest addition to its popular vehicle lineup. The ProMaster takes its place in the expanding, purpose-built, full-size van segment with a number of best-in-class features focused on the commercial customer. Coming from a strong background of commercial vehicles produced by Fiat Professional, the ProMaster is based on the Fiat Ducato, which has been in production for more than 30 years. Also in July, the brand introduced its newest model, the 2013 Ram Black Express, distinguished by its all-black exterior.

Dodge Brand

Dodge brand sales were up 18 percent in July, the brand's best July sales since 2005 and its 26th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. The Dodge Avenger mid-size sedan and the Dodge Challenger each recorded their best July sales ever, while sales of the Dodge Durango full-size SUV were up 88 percent. The Dodge Dart compact sedan had its second straight month of year-over-year sales gains.

For the third-consecutive year, the Dodge Charger has ranked highest in the Large Car segment in J.D. Power's annual U.S. Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study™. Sales of the Charger are up 10 percent this year through July. The APEAL Study measures how gratifying a new vehicle is to own and drive, based on customer evaluations of 77 vehicle attributes of new 2013 model year vehicles. According to J.D. Power, the most appealing vehicles have greater owner loyalty, command higher transaction prices and spend less time on dealer lots before purchase.

Jeep® Brand

Jeep brand sales were up 2 percent in July, the brand's best July sales since 2005. All Jeep brand models in production recorded sales gains in July compared with the same month a year ago, led by the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Sales of the Grand Cherokee were up 30 percent, its best sales month since 2005 and largest percentage increase of any Jeep brand model. The Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Compass each had their best sales for the month of July. Sales of the Jeep Compass were up 27 percent compared with the same month a year ago.

The new 2014 Grand Cherokee was the winner in July of the 2013 Cars.com/USA Today Midsize SUV Challenge. The Grand Cherokee topped five other popular SUVs. Evaluators included experts from Cars.com, USA Today, Motorweek, and a family representing the average midsize SUV buyer.

FIAT Brand

FIAT brand sales were up 2 percent in July compared with the same month a year ago. It was the brand's best July sales since the Fiat 500 was launched in 2011 and its 17th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. The Fiat 500 was ranked highest in the City Car segment in J.D. Power's APEAL Study in July. Sales of the Fiat 500L, the newest addition to the FIAT brand product lineup, increased 78 percent compared with sales in the previous month of June. FIAT studios across the U.S. began selling the all-new 2014 Fiat 500L in June. The 500L expands the appeal of the iconic 500, with two more doors, accommodations for five passengers, best-in-class interior volume, and advanced European technology.

The all-new fully electric Fiat 500e, which went on sale in California in July, was voted "Top Electric Vehicle" by the Northwest Automotive Press Association during its first annual "Drive Revolution" green-car competition in Portland, Ore. NWAPA members tested 17 of the market's most technologically advanced and fuel efficient models around Portland – including electric cars, plug-in hybrids, and clean-diesel models from both import and domestic manufacturers.

Chrysler Brand

Sales of the brand's flagship Chrysler 300 full-size sedan were up 12 percent, the vehicle's best July sales since 2008. Chrysler brand sales were down 4 percent in July compared with the same month a year ago. Sales of both the Chrysler Town & Country minivan and Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan are up this year through July compared with the same period in 2012. The Town & Country was the highest-ranking minivan in J.D. Power's recent 2013 U.S. Initial Quality Study.

 

Chrysler Group LLC U.S. Sales Summary Thru July 2013


      Month Sales

Vol %

      Sales CYTD

Vol %

Model

Curr Yr

Pr Yr

Change

Curr Yr

Pr Yr

Change

500

2,821

3,710

-24%

23,892

24,416

-2%

500L

962

0

NEW

1,503

0

NEW

FIAT BRAND

3,783

3,710

2%

25,395

24,416

4%

200

8,122

9,287

-13%

83,137

78,389

6%

300

3,796

3,399

12%

33,241

44,200

-25%

Town & Country

8,060

8,106

-1%

67,439

65,957

2%

CHRYSLER BRAND

19,978

20,792

-4%

183,817

188,546

-3%

Compass

5,222

4,099

27%

32,000

24,612

30%

Patriot

7,572

5,870

29%

45,687

38,577

18%

Wrangler

14,404

12,216

18%

92,132

83,087

11%

Liberty

60

7,803

-99%

6,048

50,142

-88%

Grand Cherokee

15,019

11,571

30%

95,815

86,688

11%

JEEP BRAND

42,277

41,559

2%

271,682

283,106

-4%

Caliber

0

520

-100%

45

9,502

-100%

Dart

6,064

772

NEW

51,013

975

NEW

Avenger

6,131

5,188

18%

67,149

58,049

16%

Charger

5,200

6,440

-19%

57,181

52,203

10%

Challenger

4,271

3,631

18%

34,253

27,082

26%

Viper

94

0


320

20


Journey

6,508

7,051

-8%

48,944

43,802

12%

Caravan

8,583

9,247

-7%

68,055

78,211

-13%

Nitro

0

45


0

3,182


Durango

5,135

2,736

88%

33,440

24,182

38%

DODGE  BRAND

41,986

35,630

18%

360,400

297,208

21%

Dakota

0

19


0

478


Ram P/U

31,314

23,824

31%

201,633

162,405

24%

Cargo Van

764

555

38%

5,507

3,998

38%

RAM BRAND

32,078

24,398

31%

207,140

166,881

24%








TOTAL CHRYSLER GROUP LLC

140,102

126,089

11%

1,048,434

960,157

9%








          TOTAL CAR

37,461

32,947

14%

351,734

294,836

19%

          TOTAL TRUCK

102,641

93,142

10%

696,700

665,321

5%








 

SOURCE Chrysler Group LLC



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