Fiat-Chrysler’s global sales rose 12.7 percent in January image

Fiat-Chrysler increased global sales by 12.7 percent in January compared with the same month last year.

The group was helped by strong sales of the Fiat brand in Brazil and Chrysler vehicles in North America. Fiat-Chrysler sales reached 329,800 units in January, Fiat said in a report released on its investor relation website cited by Automotive News Europe.

North America remained Fiat-Chrysler’s largest market, with sales up 14.3 percent to 142,300 units in January. Of those, 139,800 were Chrysler sales and 2,500 Fiat vehicles. U.S. sales rose 16.4 percent to 117,700, while Canada was up 2.6 percent to 17,000 and Mexico grew 11.7 percent to 7,500.

Latin America passed Europe to become Fiat-Chrysler’s second-largest region by unit sales. Latin America sales increased by 27.6 percent to 88,800 units. Fiat did not detail the numbers for each of its brands, but most sales in the region are Fiat-badged vehicles. Most of the sales were in Brazil, where Fiat-Chrysler’s deliveries rose 35.8 percent to 71,200 units last month.

Sales in the EMEA region, which includes Europe, Middle East and Africa, fell by 7.9 percent to 84,500 units, in contrast with the Asia-Pacific region (APAC), Fiat-Chrysler’s fastest growing sales area. Here January sales rose 83.8 percent to 13,300.