Jeep Sales Slide 15% as Fiat Chrysler April Sales Dip 1%

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Year over year, sales dropped 1% at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (NYSE: FCAU) in May to 193,040 units. The Jeep brand posted a sales drop of 15% year over year as the Jeep Compass showed a year-over-year sales decline of 43% and the Patriot posted a sales drop of 53%. Grand Cherokee sales rose 14% while Renegade sales decreased by 15%.

Analysts at Kelley Blue Book (KBB) had projected May sales at 187,000 units, a 4% year-over-year decrease. KBB also estimated average selling price of $37,058 for May, up 5% year over year and down 1% month over month.

The company’s Jeep brand sold a total of 75,516 units in May. The Jeep Wrangler sold 19,931 units for the month, while Grand Cherokee sales rose to 20,726 units.

Ram pickup sales increased 16% in May to 44,850 units. Last year, Ram sold 38,569 pickups in May.

Year over year, sales of the company’s Chrysler brand dropped 2% as sales of the Chrysler 200 fell 62% year over year in May to 2,300. FCA continues to try to sell all dealer inventory on this discontinued model. Sales of the Chrysler 300 fell 19% to 3,907 units. The all-new Pacifica minivan posted May sales of 11,720 (up 325% year over year) and has sold more than 47,000 units since the beginning of the year.

The company’s Dodge brand sales rose 8% year over year in May, as sales of the Dodge Caravan rose 58% to 13,786 units in the month. The company’s Journey compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) saw sales rise by 23% year over year to 8,003 units sold in May.

Retail sales rose 1% year over year in May and represented 79% of all unit sales. Alfa Romeo sales rose to 919 in May, up nearly 2,000% year over year as sales of the new Giulia have taken off.

Chrysler’s shares traded up about 4.6% midday Thursday to $11.06, in a 52-week range of $5.45 to $11.65. The consensus price target on the stock is $11.08, according to MarketWatch.