By on June 9, 2015

USA Jeep May 2015 sales chart

Four out of every ten new vehicles sold in May 2015 in the United States by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles were Jeeps, ten years after Jeep accounted for just 20% of Chrysler Group’s U.S. sales.

The automaker’s 4% year-over-year improvement was powered in large part by Jeep’s 13% gain. FCA volume improved by 8,000 units despite a 58% decrease in minivan volume. How’d they do it?

FCA’s midsize car volume more than doubled, Ram sales rose 12% (including an 8% pickup improvement), and Jeep volume jumped 13% to an all-time high of 79,652 U.S. sales with nearly across-the-board increases.

That 13% Jeep jump represents a 9,449 unit increase for the brand, helped along by the Wrangler’s own all-time monthly record (and an increase of 3,089 sales compared with May 2014), another all-time record from the Cherokee, and improved Grand Cherokee and Patriot sales.

The Renegade contributed, too, with 4,416 May sales. Since March, 9,573 Renegades have been sold in America. Yet even without the Renegade, Jeep sales in May still broke the previous record set in April, and the record set before that, in March.

Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

Get the latest TTAC e-Newsletter!

Recommended

26 Comments on “Chart Of The Day: Here’s How Jeep Reported An All-Time Monthly U.S. Sales Record In May 2015...”


  • avatar
    RideHeight

    Any Renegade owners seeing this?

    How do you like it?

  • avatar
    Brumus

    To my surprise, I’m somewhat interested in the Renegade.

    Reliability wise, should this be ok if one sticks with the six-speed manual and eschews the nine-speed auto?

    • 0 avatar
      TW5

      It’s a cool compact soft-roader, but lag to market might dampen sales. The market was overwhelmed by Renegade lust 6-12 months ago. Now, it’s just moderate intrigue. We’ll see what happens.

      • 0 avatar
        RideHeight

        Yep, they fluffed and preened way too soon on it. People went from intrigued to frustrated to disappointed when it became clear that only the Trailhawk trim looked at all decent. The rest are low-riding apron scrapers.

        • 0 avatar
          Brumus

          I remain intrigued because one can get a 6-speed manual with the AWD.

          Listening, Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3?

        • 0 avatar
          jimble

          I was really interested in the Renegade until I saw them in person. They look and feel like cheap toys, and the interiors are incredibly claustrophobic even by contemporary standards. Maybe if I’d seen a higher trim level I might have felt differently, but I couldn’t bring myself to try a test drive because I couldn’t imagine spending much time in that dark box.

  • avatar
    cdotson

    It cannot be coincidental that the Renegade sales make up for the exact number of lost Compass sales…plus two. I am surprised the Patriot continued selling.

    • 0 avatar
      RideHeight

      Natural predator and prey, for sure. I suspect the vast majority of Renegades sold are not Trailhawk since their price would be out of cross-shop range for Patriot buyers.

  • avatar
    Speed3

    I noticed that the Renegade is basically making up lost Compass sales. Do we know what is exactly going on regarding Compass sales? Is it being phased out already (while the Patriot will soldier on for fleet duty and entry level price point?)

    I’m curious to see how Renegade sales do, especially compared to HR-V sales.

  • avatar
    Andy

    The Renegade only sold as many as the Compass??? What’s wrong with the person who actually buys a Compass? Maybe they’re all rental cars.

  • avatar
    blueflame6

    Renegade supplies are low, else they probably would have sold more. Plus they’re only now getting around to producing vehicles with certain options like the MySky roof. I think you’ll see much larger numbers a year from now. I’m interesting in buying one myself, but I’m holding off for the 16s.

    Patriot and Compass have been benefiting from large incentive programs. Seriously, you can get a screaming deal on a new Patriot right now… if you actually want one.

  • avatar

    Why is the Compass still being made? It was a bad mistake to build both the Patriot and the Compass, they’re in the same segment, and they’ve just continued the error. The money spent on the Compass could have gone into making the Patriot (and Caliber, built on the same platform) better. Yeah, I know that Trevor Creed didn’t think that women would buy a real Jeep, hence the cute-ute Compass, but every time I see a Compass I wonder why it still exists.

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      At this point the cost of production is down to couch-cushion change, and rental car companies and finance-challenged customers will snap them up for cheap but profitable prices.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    So Jeep is 40% of volume and Ram is maybe 20% or perhaps 30%? If FCA is essentially a two trick pony with a side of Hellcat I can see why Sergio is looking to merge (or be sold).

    • 0 avatar
      dal20402

      FCA is custom-built to be a CAFE nightmare. It’s got all sorts of popular products in exactly the worst segments for CAFE (off-roaders, full-size non-trucks), has terrible fuel economy in its big trucks except for the niche EcoDiesel, and can’t sell fuel-efficient cars for love or money.

      • 0 avatar
        bball40dtw

        Don’t worry, Alfa Romeo is coming to fix everything!

      • 0 avatar
        danio3834

        NHTSA and the EPA don’t pay the bills, customers do.

        • 0 avatar
          dal20402

          No, but EPA can take a lot of money away if you don’t comply with CAFE, and it’s hard to see how FCA will comply with CAFE in the future without an infusion of someone else’s technology.

      • 0 avatar
        Hummer

        Huh? Terrible fuel economy? The V6 gasser is 25 Hwy, and the V8 does very well as well. Have you not seen what Toyota and Nissan are offering?, Ram is very competitive.

        In fact just about everything FCA sells is competitive in fuel economy, just because it’s fun doesn’t mean it’s inefficient.

        • 0 avatar
          dal20402

          Highway fuel economy numbers are about as meaningful as subtlety is to a Hummer driver (sorry, couldn’t resist). Very few drivers actually do most of their driving at a steady speed on a freeway. The city and combined numbers are both more representative.

          The Hemi can’t keep up with either GM’s latest V8s or Ford’s EcoBoosts on EPA tests (which are all that matters from a CAFE perspective). And the Ram’s high weight doesn’t help the six either. Toyota and Nissan do worse (as you point out) but also do much smaller volume, so don’t rely on truck numbers as much. And the old Nissan truck is disappearing as we speak.

          As for the rest of the products that sell… both Cherokee and Grand Cherokee are far heavier than the competition because of their off-road chops, the Wrangler is not at all built for fuel economy, and LX cars are in a bad segment for CAFE. About the only plus in the lineup is the minivans, and their volume is less than that of the SUVs.

          • 0 avatar
            Hummer

            “subtlety is to a Hummer driver (sorry, couldn’t resist).” Let’s just say I surprise everyone I meet when they find out what I drive-I’ve been told it was completely unexpected, but that childish grin I get everyday after almost 13 years, makes it worth it. No offense taken.

            The Hemi has more power than the 5.3l and its MPG is right on the silverados tail-coats. The truck offers superior long term reliability(whether real or imagined) than any of Ford ecoboosts. And above and beyond everything, it’s the cheapest of all of them. The Grand Cherokee does fine for a semi-luxury HD crossover. The Cherokee with the 4 cyclinder is fine.

            If your arguing that the Real world mileage doesn’t match up, that’s aside the point, the numbers that matter to Cafe are on the window, not the real world. The explorer for example gets 18-19 in the real world, obviously no better than its BOF version, but playing the numbers game is the more important task here.


Back to TopLeave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Recent Comments

  • Charliej: Fifty years ago when they were talking about a mid engined Corvette I was excited. Forty years ago when...
  • SC5door: I missed the pricing announcement, where was that announced?
  • SC5door: “anti-American autojournos” You can certainly start your own publication with your pro-American...
  • AoLetsGo: Hmmmmmm 1up USA is the best bicycle rack Hammaka Hammock Hitch Stand is the fun choice The 99% solution...
  • Art Vandelay: Big deal. There is a used dealer near me that could probably claim to be number one in reconditioned...

New Car Research

Get a Free Dealer Quote

Staff

  • Contributors

  • Timothy Cain, Canada
  • Matthew Guy, Canada
  • Ronnie Schreiber, United States
  • Bozi Tatarevic, United States
  • Chris Tonn, United States
  • Corey Lewis, United States
  • Mark Baruth, United States
  • Moderators

  • Adam Tonge, United States
  • Corey Lewis, United States