Jeep brand sales saw an increase of 74 percent with 36,114 units sold compared with the same month last year moving 20,731 units. The lineup of SUVs saw a healthy increase across the board. The Grand Cherokee, which was redesigned for the 2011 model year, saw a sales increase of 208 percent in June selling 8969 units as opposed to 2912 in June 2010. The refreshed Compass was up 278 percent, with 4763 units moved in June compared to 1259 units during the same month last year, posting the largest year-over-year percentage sales gain of any Chrysler Group model. The Patriot also saw a spike with 5840 vehicles rolling off dealer lots compared to 3299 last June.
Even this late into its production run, the ever-stalwart Wrangler moved 11,290 vehicles, a 27 percent increase and the biggest volume of any Jeep vehicle for June 2011. The Liberty also saw a 36 percent increase with 5252 units moved while a sales jump of 77 percent converted to 5840 units sold for the Patriot.
Chrysler sales were down 8 percent in June, with the new 200 sedan and convertible’s sales performance of 7219 units far outdoing the Sebring’s 3978 units last June. Chrysler’s redone 300 sedan was down 24 percent, with 2500 units sold. The Town & Country minivan, normally the brand’s best-seller, contributed 6810 units, down 29 percent. Fiat sold 1803 500 hatchbacks.
Dodge – Up 17 Percent
A total of 43,401 Dodges were sold in June, again making Dodge the most popular Chrysler brand. The Caravan minivan and commercial van was up 25 percent to 10,822 units. Although the Nitro and Challenger saw sales increases, Dodge’s volume models — including the Caliber, Avenger, and Charger — were down. The Caliber kicked in 3929 sales and was down 17 percent. The Avenger was outsold by the Chrysler 200, its mechanical twin, but still sold 5605 units. The larger Charger sedan sold 7215 units and 5827 Durangos rolled off dealer lots last month.
Ram – Up 34 Percent
While Ram sold about 100 more Dakotas last month than in June 2010, it was the Ram pickup’s 35-percent sales increase, to 21,362 units, that propelled Chrysler’s truck brand.