The Chrysler Group’s years-long streak of year-over-year sales increases stretched to an impressive 30 months last month; the company posted 142,041 sales across its five brands in September 2012, 12 percent higher than September 2011. The jump was thanks in part to the Fiat brand (which had its best month on record) and strong Dodge sales, among other things. We’ve collected the hottest and coldest models from the sales sheet.
Winner: Fiat 500, Up 51 Percent
The Fiat 500 may have had a slow start in the sales race, but it’s steadily picking up pace. Fiat dealers sold 4176 500, 500C, and 500 Abarth models last month, which represents both a 51-percent sales increase year-over-year, and Fiat’s best month on record. Fiat sales stand at 32,742 so far this year, a good showing for the fledgling brand.
The Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger continue to be the brighter stars on the Chrysler Group sales sheet, returning another month of impressive gains. While the Chrysler 200 sold some 9881 units, up 13 percent, its platform mate — the Dodge Avenger — jumped a hearty 89 percent to 8716 units sold. Combined, the two sold 18,597, enough to place the platform near the middle of the mid-size sedan pack in terms of sales.
Winner: Jeep Patriot (+42 Percent) and Liberty (+5 Percent)
The Jeep Patriot sold some 5428 units last month, up 42 percent from the same time a year ago. With 49,061 units sold so far this year, the nameplate is up 15 percent year-to-date. That’s almost enough to catch up to platform-mate Jeep Liberty, which sold 5646 units last month (up 5 percent), but the Liberty has had an even better year, selling 63,674 units (up 31 percent).
Loser: Dodge Charger, Down 14 Percent
The Chrysler 300 sold 4762 units last month, up 13 percent from the same time a year ago, but platform-mate Dodge Charger sold just 5863 units, down 14 percent from September 2011. It’s a disappointing showing for a model that is otherwise doing well this year — through October, Charger sales are up 17 percent overall.
Loser: Jeep Compass, Down 14 Percent
The Compass was down 20 percent to 3535 sales, making it the only Jeep in the red for the month of September. So far this year Jeep has sold 31,903 Compasses, down six percent.
Loser: Dodge Durango, Down 39 Percent
The Durango is a bit of a head scratcher: while platform mate Jeep Grand Cherokee continues to march upward (it was up 19 percent last month, up 31 percent so far this year), the Durango continues on its downward slide. Dodge sold just 2986 Durangos last month, a 39 percent drop year-to-year. Thus far in 2012, Durango sales are down 23 percent to 30,052 units, a fraction of the Grand Cherokee’s 112,075 year-to-date sales figure.