Jeep Sales Up 6 Percent in 2016
Compass, Renegade, and Grand Cherokee Biggest Performers for Jeep Brand
It’s hard to believe 2016 is over, but it’s necessary. Hopefully, you can look back on it with fond memories and knowledge of how to make 2017 an even better year. The folks at Jeep reflected on their 2016, then broke out their calculators.
December was a down month for Jeep, thanks to the deep year-over-year sales declines of the Patriot and Cherokee. They contributed to Jeep selling six percent fewer vehicles in December than it did in December 2015. On the plus side (literally), December sales of the Grand Cherokee shot up by 13 percent to 23,250 vehicles. In fact, December was the best month of the year for the WK2. The Renegade was the most improved in terms of December year-over-year sales; its sales increased by a whopping 39 percent.
Full-year US sales for parent company FCA were flat for the year in comparison to the same figures for 2015, but Jeep was up six percent to 926,376 units. Nearly a quarter of those sales – 212,273 – can be chalked up to the Grand Cherokee, which was up eight percent for 2016. Dealers sold almost 200,000 Cherokees, but that wasn’t enough to keep Cherokee sales from sliding 10 percent. The Wrangler was down by five percent.
Although the smaller Jeeps might not be able to get as deep in the mud as the JK, they were deep in the black. More than 90,000 Compass SUVs rolled off of dealership lots – a 32-percent increase relative to 2015. Sales figures for the Patriot show a one-percent jump. The smallest Jeep of all, the Renegade, showed the biggest improvement. Its sales climbed by 75 percent from 60,864 units in 2015 to 106,606 units in 2016.
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