FCA US LLC, General Motors Co., and Ford Motor Co. today all posted double-digit sales increases in September when compared to September 2014, despite stock market volatility and regulatory scandals within the automotive industry.
FCA reported a 14 percent increase in sales (193,019 units) in September when compared with September 2014. Last month marks the automaker’s best September sales since 2000.
“On the back of a strong sales industry we were able to achieve our best September sales in 15 years and our 66th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth,” says Reid Bigland, head of U.S. sales at FCA. “Last month’s sales strength was broad based with five FCA vehicles setting September sales records and two others posting their best monthly sales ever.”
The Dodge Journey and the Jeep Cherokee both set all-time sales records last month. The Chrysler 200, Dodge Challenger, Jeep Compass, Jeep Wrangler, and Ram ProMaster each reported their best September sales ever.
Jeep brand sales increased 40 percent, the brand’s third best sales month ever. Chrysler 300 sales were up more than 40 percent last month, posting its best September sales since 2007.
General Motors saw a sales increase of 12 percent (251,310 units) in September when compared to September 2014.
“Staying focused on core values like initial quality, sales, and service satisfaction, cost of ownership, dependability, and advanced technology is paying off in higher sales and share, stronger transaction prices, and lower incentives,” says Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president of sales operations at GM.
Chevrolet brand vehicle sales were up more than 10 percent in September when compared year over year. Malibu sales were up 12 percent, Spark sales were up 17 percent, and Camaro coupe sales were up nearly 30 percent when compared with last year.
GMC saw a 24 percent increase in sales last month, its best September since 2004. The Buick Enclave had its best September since 2011, while Cadillac ATS sales increased 3 percent and the SRX increased by 85 percent year over year.
Ford reported a 23 percent increase in sales (221,599 units) in September when compared to September 2014.
“Our Ford and Lincoln dealers had an outstanding month, delivering strong sales, with gains in cars, SUVs, and trucks in September,” says Mark LaNeve, vice president of U.S. marketing, sales, and service at Ford. “Sales of EcoBoost-equipped vehicles also were strong, driving us to an annual record for EcoBoost sales with three months left in the year.”
The F-Series pickup trucks posted a 16 percent sales increase in September when compared year over year, the best September sales since 2006. Mustang sales saw a nearly 200 percent increase in sales compared to September 2014, the vehicle’s best September since 2007.