All of Chrysler's brands have been on a roll since the company emerged from bankruptcy in 2009, with 2012 sales up 21 percent. However, Jeep may be the best of the bunch – it set a new global sales record for the brand by selling 701,626 units last year. The previous record was 675,494 units in 1999.
While Jeep sales may have been up an admirable 13 percent in the U.S. last year (to 474,131 units), the brand was up a whopping 19 percent year-over-year worldwide. That meant that for the first time ever, Jeep moved more than 700,000 vehicles over all of its markets.
Unsurprisingly, the best-selling Jeep model is the Grand Cherokee, which sold a grand total of 223,196 copies last year. Second place was (also unsurprisingly) the Wrangler at 194,142 units; the compact Compass sold 103,321 copies in 2012, giving it a third-place finish.
The brand was also quick to point out that it was the fastest-growing mainstream brand in China, with sales growing by 107 percent over 2011.
“We expect to continue our sales momentum in 2013 with the introduction of an all-new mid-size Jeep SUV, as well as the new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, which will be available with a new, clean-diesel engine,” Jeep CEO Mike Manley said in a prepared statement.
That upcoming mid-size model is the successor to the Jeep Liberty, which we've spotted out testing multiple times. The next Liberty will be based off of the same Alfa-Romeo-based CUSW platform as the Dodge Dart, but Chrysler-Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne promises that it will still remain a true off-roader worthy of the Jeep name. There are also rumors that the 2014 Liberty will use the same four-cylinder engines as the Dart or a 3.2-liter version of the automaker's Pentastar V-6 and a nine-speed automatic transmission.
We've also gotten a clear look at the 2014 Grand Cherokee while it was out testing, as well. Expect to see LED-adorned head- and taillights, updated front and rear fascias, and a new interior complete with an large touchscreen infotainment system. Stay tuned for more information on the 2014 Grand Cherokee when it debuts next week at the Detroit auto show.
That's not all Jeep has in store – expect to see an all-new version of the Compass/Patriot compact crossover and an even smaller subcompact Jeepster to come in 2014, both of which will share numerous parts with Fiat and Alfa Romeo. Also in the works is a three-row SUV called the Grand Wagoneer to replace the unloved Commander.