April US sales of FCA and Ford grow, while GM’s drop image

While Fiat Chrysler said its US sales rose 6 percent in April and Ford reported a 4 percent increase, General Motors posted a decline of around 4 percent.

As FCA’s Jeep unit helped the automaker boost its quarterly profit, the brand also pushed Fiat-Chrysler’s sales to hit 199,631 cars and light trucks in April, extending its streak of monthly gains to more than six years. Jeep sales were up 17 percent, its best April figures ever, with the demand for the Compass and Renegade jumping even more by 128 percent and 131 percent, respectively, while sales of Ram trucks were up 12 percent. “Consumer preference for SUVs and pickup trucks continued unabated in April and helped to propel us to our strongest April sales in 11 years,” Reid Bigland, Senior Vice President of Sales for FCA in North America, said. FCA is projecting the US industry sales figures for April to be at around 17.9 million units of seasonally adjusted annual rate.

Ford also reported sales growth of 4 percent up versus last year, with retail sales rising by 3 percent as well, for the total to hit 231,316 vehicles for April – best results in a decade. Sales of the F-Series pickup range rose 13 percent to 70,774 units, thanks to the F-150 model and sport utility vehicle sales also jumped 7.7 percent up to 65,474 vehicles last month.

By contrast, General Motors was the only US automaker who went below par last month, posting a 4 percent drop to 259,557 vehicles. The automaker said it kept focusing on retail sales, rather than on rental fleet customers. From the overall result, GM delivered 200,656 vehicles in April to private buyers, up 3 percent year-over-year.