Chrysler Group sales in September may be down about two percent from August, but it represents a 27 percent increase over September 2010 and the best September on record since 2007, before the company’s bankruptcy and reorganization. Four out of Chrysler’s five brands experienced year-over-year sales increases.
Fiat: 2773 Sales, Down 11 Percent from August 2011
Sales of the Fiat 500 slid 11 percent from the previous month to 2773 sales. It was, however, enough to make the 500 Chrysler’s best selling small car, beating out the aging Dodge Caliber.
Chrysler: 23,559 Sales, Up 36 Percent
Chrysler sales were up 36 percent over September 2010, with 23,559 cars sold last month. The boost is attributed to each of Chrysler’s three model lines. Sales of the 300 were jumped 50 percent in September to 4445 units, while sales of the Town and Country minivan were up 16 percent to 10,405. While the 200 is a new model for 2011, it easily eclipsed its predecessor -- the 2010 Sebring. 200 sales totaled 8709 vehicles in September 2011, a stark contrast to the 4651 Sebrings sold last September.
Jeep: 35,565 Sales, Up 24 Percent
The Jeep brand saw its U.S. volumes swell 24 percent in September to 35,565 units. Unsurprisingly, the 2012 Wrangler – which now sports a new 3.6-liter V-6 engine – was the best-selling Jeep last month, as sales grew 47 percent year-to-year to 11,388 units. Grand Cherokee sales dipped 3 percent, but with 10,580 vehicles rolling off dealer lots, it’s Jeep’s second-best selling unit. Liberty sales rose 10 percent to 5363 units, while sales for the little Compass shot up a whopping 306 percent to 4422 vehicles. The mechanically identical Patriot saw a much smaller increase – a mere 5 percent – to 3812 sales.
Dodge: 40,073 Sales, Up 10 Percent
Dodge sales were up 10 percent over September 2010, thanks primarily to three models: the Journey, Grand Caravan, and Durango. Sales of the Journey crossover were up 29 percent to 5402 units, while Grand Caravan sales were up 27 percent to 10,203 vans. Dodge moved 4923 Durangos last month, about 6 percent fewer than August 2011, but massively up against September 2010, when Dodge was trying to clear the last of its 2010 models.
Sales of the Dodge Avenger dipped 8 percent to 4,610 models, which trails its sibling -- the Chrysler 200 – by a margin of 4099 cars. Charger sales slipped 23 percent to 6794 deliveries, while Caliber volumes dropped 48 percent to 2552 units. The Nitro was the slowest-selling Dodge model in September, but with 2255 units sold, sales still managed to grow 11 percent year-to-year.
Ram: 25,364 Sales, Up 42 Percent
Sales of Ram brand products were up 42 percent over the same time last year, to 25,364 units. Sales were obviously led by the Ram full-size pickup truck: volumes jumped 45 percent, totaling 24,522 units. As usual the Ram was the best selling Chrysler Group, besting the second-best model – the Jeep Wrangler -- by more than two-to-one. Sales of the Ram Cargo Van remained largely unchanged, totaling 134 units.