Sales of Chrysler Group vehicles were up 30 percent year-over-year, with 120,394 vehicles sold. This gives Chrysler is best ever June sales since 2007. Year-to-date, Chrysler Group (including the Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep and Ram brands) has moved 639,932 vehicles off of its lots and into owners hands, representing a 21 percent year-over-year improvement.
Chrysler Group’s bestselling brand was Dodge with 43,301 vehicles sold, while Jeep posted the best improvement over last year, with 36,114 vehicles sold—a 74% increase.
Chrysler—16,529 units sold, down 8 percent
Chrysler’s new 200 continued to lead its sales last month. Chrysler sold 7219 200s last month which is an 82 percent increase over its often ridiculed Sebring predecessor, which only found 2380 sales in June of last year. Sales of the all new 300 have been somewhat stale thus far, with only 2500 vehicles sold, down 24% year-over-year. Part of the reason might be that the new, redesigned 2011 300 hasn’t completely rolled out yet.
Jeep—36,114 units sold, up 74 percent
Chrysler Group’s Jeep brand had the best overall June, with all of its models posting a sales increase. Aside from the Ram pickup line, the recently refreshed Jeep Wrangler is Chrysler Group’s overall MVP, with its sales rising 27 percent to 11,290 sales. Jeeps all new Grand Cherokee is similarly doing well. Jeep sold 8969 Grand Cherokees last month, compared to 2912 examples it sold of the previous generation Grand Cherokee in June of 2010, giving the 2011 Grand Cherokee a 208% sales gain year-over-year, and a 114% year-to-date improvement. The Grand Cherokees stratospheric gains would have been the overall most improved if it wasn’t for the new 2011 Compass. The Compass sold 4763 units last month, which is a 278 percent improvement over May of last year. The new for 2011 Compass’ new baby-Grand Cherokee facelift might have something to do with its sales increase.
Dodge—43,401 units sold, up 17 percent
Like Jeep, Dodge similarly posted a sales increase over June of last year. Dodge’s best sellers were all refreshed or significantly updated for 2011. The Grand Caravan was Dodge’s overall sales leader last month with 10,822 of the minivans finding homes, a 25 percent year-over-year improvement. The new for 2011 Durango also did well, selling 5827 of the SUVs; a 34 percent increase over last month. The Dodge Challenger continues to find homes as well, although Dodge finds it’s challenging to sell as many as its crosstown rivals, the Mustang and Camaro. The Challenger’s sales were up 10 percent year-over-year, with 3384 units sold.
Ram—22,547 units sold, up 34 percent
Chrysler Group’s Ram truck brand continues to do well. Even though the Ram brand only offers the Ram truck series and the Dakota, sales are up 31 percent year-over-year, and have improved 34 percent over last month. This marks the Ram brand’s 14th consecutive month of year-over-year sales improvements. Light Duty, Heavy Duty, and Chassis Cab Rams saw a combined sales increase year-over-year of 35 percent.
Fiat—1803 units sold
Fiat’s new 500 is having a fairly successful debut this year. As we reported to you yesterday, the Cinquecento is doing well across the country. Fiat sold 1803 500s in June, up three percent over May. Year-to-date, Fiat has sold 4944 500s, with about half of those featuring three-pedals and the five-speed manual.