Next week should be a great one for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, at least when the sales figures for Jeep and the group’s North American deliveries come in for the full-year period.
That’s because FCA US (formerly the automaker known as Chrysler Group LLC) is expected to rank up another month of sales increases – next to those 56 already logged in the accounting books. But the real winner here is the Jeep brand, which is expected to have its global sales edge above the fabled one million units threshold for the first time in the division’s history. And FCA seems intent on following up on its ambitious plans, not forgetting that they pledged a 60% sales increase for the whole group during the period to 2018.
FCA chief executive Sergio Marchionne first spoke of the one million sales goal to be achieved by Jeep during the Detroit Auto Show at the beginning of the year and counting the 11 months period through November, the brand has delivered on the promise, with a 44% jump in sales, thanks mostly to the excellent welcome for the redesigned jeep Cherokee. The company’s humongous Toledo, Ohio, factory also hit an all-time output high this year, with more than 500,000 vehicles built there as of a couple of weeks ago.