The automaker moved 206,083 vehicles in June, up 14% from a year ago, largely thanks to sales of Ram pickups, which had the highest monthly sales since the truck brand was severed from Dodge in 2009. (Photo: FCA US LLC, Â© 2018 FCA US LLC)
Auto sales fell the first half of 2019 in the United States. And analysts don't think the rest of the year will get any easier.
General Motors Co. on Tuesday reported that U.S. sales fell 4.2% through the first half of the year. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles sales through the first six months of the year were down 2% despite its best June in more than a decade. And Toyota Motor North America sales were down 3.1% through the end of June.
GM reported sales slid 1.5% in the second quarter of 2019 as the automaker phases out sedans from its lineup. Chevrolet sedans and compact cars in some cases had double-digit sales declines, and sales of nearly all its truck models fell, too. The GMC Canyon midsize truck did post record second-quarter sales of 18,863 units.
GM's SUVs and crossovers from Buick, Chevrolet and GMC posted mostly positive sales figures, but not enough to boost the bottom line. Average transaction prices in the second quarter hit a record $37,126.
The automaker's Buick, Cadillac and Chevrolet brands all had sales declines through the first half of the year. GMC sales were up 2.9% through June.
Fiat Chrysler moved 206,083 vehicles in June, up 2% from a year ago, due largely to Ram pickups, which had the highest monthly sales since the truck brand was severed from Dodge in 2009. However, Jeep sales slowed both for the month and the first half of the year, down 12% in June and 8% year-to-date.
Despite that, Jeep sales accounted for nearly half of FCA's overall sales through the first six months of 2019. The automaker has sold 1.1 million vehicles so far this year; Jeep sales clocked in a 456,281 through June. Ram sales were up 28% through June, and were FCA's only brand that had increased sales in the first half of the year.
"For the first half of 2019, Ram has been on a tear since we made the strategic decision to enter the year with a three-truck strategy," Reid Bigland, head of U.S. sales, said in a statement. "The new Ram 1500, Ram Classic and Heavy Duty are all generating a huge response from customers and critics alike. This is now the third month Ram pickup sales have surpassed 60,000 since December."
But the Ram brand was the only one that saw sales increase through June. Besides Jeep, sales also fell for the Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat and Alfa Romeo brands as most models age and the automaker continues to phase sedans out of its lineup.
While Ram sales climbed as the automaker continues to phase in the all-new Ram models and sell the old models at the same time, all the Jeep nameplates except the Grand Cherokee and Gladiator midsize pickup posted double-digit sales slips. Sales of the Chrysler Pacifica were down 23%.