By on November 1, 2012

Chrysler Group’s U.S. sales rose only 10 percent in October, the smallest gain since May 2011. As suspected yesterday, Super-Sandy has been fingered as the culprit.

Chrysler told Automotive News [sub] that “October sales were affected by the major hurricane and storm that pummeled the eastern U.S. seaboard early this week.” Dodge is up 20 percent, Ram 17 percent. The Chrysler brand gained only 5 percent.

Jeep sales are down 5-percent, which oddly was blamed on the hurricane, along with the discontinuation of the Jeep Liberty.

Ford sales are unchanged from October 2011, GM is up 5 percent. Toyota sales are up 15.8 percent.  Jefferies analyst Peter Nesvold said that Sandy could have cost 100,000 unit sales in October. If that forecast would come true, there would be zero gains in October.

We shall follow the October sales numbers throughout the day.

Chrysler Group LLC U.S. Sales Summary Thru October 2012

      Month Sales

Vol %

      Sales CYTD

Vol %

Model

Curr Yr

Pr Yr

Change

Curr Yr

Pr Yr

Change

500

3,720

1,965

89%

36,462

15,826

130%

FIAT BRAND

3,720

1,965

89%

36,462

15,826

130%

200

8,758

11,205

-22%

109,025

69,755

56%

Sebring

0

0

0

2,380

-100%

300

5,183

3,701

40%

58,813

27,077

117%

PT Cruiser

0

0

0

1,328

-100%

Town & Country

8,281

6,338

31%

95,850

78,255

22%

CHRYSLER BRAND

22,222

21,244

5%

263,688

178,795

47%

Compass

2,486

5,179

-52%

34,389

39,192

-12%

Patriot

4,209

3,581

18%

53,270

46,234

15%

Wrangler

11,310

9,892

14%

119,787

101,820

18%

Liberty

4,099

5,997

-32%

67,773

55,322

23%

Grand Cherokee

11,919

11,084

8%

123,994

96,853

28%

Commander

0

0

0

105

-100%

JEEP BRAND

34,023

35,733

-5%

399,213

339,526

18%

Caliber

92

1,840

-95%

10,113

32,430

-69%

Dart

5,455

0

New

14,709

0

New

Avenger

7,637

7,136

7%

82,376

52,164

58%

Charger

4,924

3,626

36%

68,409

57,779

18%

Challenger

2,686

3,097

-13%

36,309

33,254

9%

Viper

0

12

-100%

20

156

-87%

Journey

5,955

5,028

18%

65,306

46,734

40%

Caravan

10,603

7,100

49%

118,730

92,930

28%

Nitro

29

2,031

-99%

3,269

20,784

-84%

Durango

3,230

3,864

-16%

33,282

42,944

-22%

DODGE  BRAND

40,611

33,734

20%

432,523

379,175

14%

Dakota

2

642

-100%

490

11,299

-96%

Ram P/U

25,222

21,037

20%

238,815

199,010

20%

Cargo Van

385

157

New

5,664

292

New

RAM BRAND

25,609

21,836

17%

244,969

210,601

16%

TOTAL CHRYSLER GROUP LLC

126,185

114,512

10%

1,376,855

1,123,923

23%

          TOTAL CAR

38,455

32,582

18%

416,236

290,824

43%

          TOTAL TRUCK

87,730

81,930

7%

960,619

833,102

15%

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7 Comments on “Blame Sandy: Super Storm Found Guilty Of Raining On Chrysler October Sales...”


  • avatar

    Its easy to blame the Weather and yes even in the very last days of the Month of October, ahh it’s hard to make such a case, could it be the result of Consumer Reports recently released comments about Chrysler Vehicles?

    • 0 avatar
      sunridge place

      You do realize the Consumer Report data was released on Oct 29th right?

    • 0 avatar
      22_RE_Speedwagon

      I just spent 4 days driving across Colorado and New Mexico in a 2012 Grand Cherokee limited. Pretty comfortable ride for the family, 85 mph on the highway and even my five-year-old took a 3 hour nap. I even got 22 mpg over a 400 mile stretch with the transmission kicking down two gears for extended periods to keep 85 mph against strong headwinds and fairly steep grades. My opinions changed once we got to the buckled streets of Santa Fe and the rattles from the sunroof were completely distracting (at 15K miles). That and a completely washed out radio/nav screen which was unreadable during the hours of 7 am-5 pm banished the thoughts of Chrysler ownership from my mind, but I’ll admit, I was thinking about it.

  • avatar
    silverkris

    It may be mentioned earlier, but in a few months there will be some storm damaged cars on the market which might not be labeled as such. Buyer beware!

    • 0 avatar
      billfrombuckhead

      Things were so bad at Chrysler last month they actually gained ground from Toyota, Honda and Nissan.

      • 0 avatar
        CJinSD

        Toyota is up 16% while Chrysler is up 10%. Toyota sells more vehicles than Chrysler, so that 16% represents bigger absolute growth too. They outperformed Honda and especially Nissan, but throw in Toyota and the result is reversed.


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