DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler's sales dropped 11 percent in August -- including a 7 percent drop in retail sales -- despite six vehicles in the automaker's lineup recording their best sales totals for the month of August.
The company said Friday it had 176,033 sales in the U.S. in August, including 35,654 fleet sales, or about 20 percent of the total. It was the company's 12th consecutive year-over-year sales decline in the U.S. Each of the automaker's major brands suffered a decline in August, with only newcomer Alfa Romeo seeking volume gains on the addition of two new models over the previous year. FCA said the Dodge Challenger, Chrysler Pacifica, Jeep Compass and Renegade and the Ram ProMaster and ProMaster City commercial vans each set sales records for the month of August.
Chrysler suffered the worst decline, with its sales falling 33 percent compared with a year ago, with only the Pacifica achieving a small year-over-year sales gain as the automaker continued to sell its remaining stocks of the discontinued Chrysler 200 sedans.
Fiat sales fell 23 percent in August, despite the Fiat 500L recording its first monthly year-over-year sales gain -- 10 units, or 7.6 percent -- since August 2015.
Jeep sales fell 15 percent last month because of what the company said was a 66 percent drop in fleet sales from the brand. Sales of the Grand Cherokee surged 28 percent to their highest August total since 2000, while Wrangler and Renegade sales each climbed 10 percent. Sales of the discontinued Patriot dropped 77 percent from a year ago, while Cherokee sales were halved.
Ram sales slipped 2.5 percent last month on a 6.6 percent decline in sales of the Ram pickup lineup, and despite monthly sales records from the brand's two commercial vans.
Dodge sales fell 1.7 percent in August despite a 62 percent jump in sales of the Grand Caravan minivan, and double-digit increases from the Charger and Challenger. Journey sales declined by more than half from last year, while Durango sales fell 13 percent.
Alfa Romeo recorded 1,140 sales in August, its third consecutive month above 1,000 since the brand's return to the U.S. Included in that total were 203 sales of the newly released Stelvio crossover, which first went on sale in the U.S. in June.
FCA said it ended the month with 497,858 unsold vehicles in inventory, a 76 day supply.