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SalesNo Spin From Chrysler - Jeep Sales Down 43%
Posted by mike on 2008/10/2 7:23:15 (3775) reads

There was nothing positive in Jeep sales in September for Chrysler to spin. Every single model had a double-digit decline in sales compared to September of 2007. Both Commander and Compass sales dropped 65%. The Patriot took the lightest hit (probably due to its fuel economy) by dropping only 25%.

Chrysler LLC today reported total September 2008 U.S. sales of 107,349 units, down 33 percent from the same period last year. Total September sales reflect a highly volatile economic environment, ongoing segment shifts and reduced fleet and lease volume. Sales for the month were supported by models such as the Dodge Journey, Dodge Grand Caravan, and Chrysler Town & Country, as well as competitive pricing and aggressive monthly payment offers.

"The economy is going through a difficult restructuring, resulting in great uncertainty among consumers," Jim Press, Chrysler LLC Vice Chairman and President, said. "We are committed to supporting our customers with significant savings and innovative financing, and our dealers with new business solutions. Longer term, we all need to be investing in building a healthier automobile industry and be ready to compete when the economy strengthens."

The Company finished the month with 381,365 units of inventory, or a 85- day supply. As part of a planned reduction in manufacturing capacity, inventory is down 15 percent compared with September 2007 when it totaled 450,733 units.

Full sales figures after the jump.

           Jeep Sales Summary Thru September 2008

Month Sales Vol %
Model Curr Yr Pr Yr Change
Compass 993 2,852 -65%
Patriot 3,190 4,245 -25%
Wrangler 6,130 8,605 -29%
Liberty 4,963 6,830 -27%
Grand Cherokee 4,565 10,419 -56%
Commander 1,590 4,509 -65%
JEEP BRAND 21,431 37,460 -43%

Selling Days 24 25

Sales CYTD Vol %
Model Curr Yr Pr Yr Change
Compass 22,389 31,273 -28%
Patriot 47,344 27,612 71%
Wrangler 65,135 92,549 -30%
Liberty 54,293 68,865 -21%
Grand Cherokee 57,333 93,246 -39%
Commander 22,654 50,124 -55%
JEEP BRAND 269,148 363,669 -26%

Selling Days 230 230

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Posted: 2008/10/6 11:08  Updated: 2008/10/6 11:08
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 Re: No Spin From Chrysler - Jeep Sales Down 43%
Let's Face it...The time is NOW for Hybrid Jeeps across the board.

1. Start with Direct Fuel Injection on all new gas and E85 engines. = 15% fuel economy increase

2. All Jeeps (at minimum) should do away with the starter, and add a start-stop 'startenator'. The 6 speed transmission would work great in this application, but the Automatic transmission needs to go. (More on that in a minute)= 15%fuel economy increase

3. A Wrangler EV needs to be built. The prototype we say was 'nice', like a Chevy Volt on steroids.

A Production Wrangler EV should have an E85 or Biodiesel (B100) compatable engine charging an enlarged battery pack that can also be plugged in for 40+ mile EV only range, powering hub-mounted electric motors (look at the PML motor website for durability examples).

4. Chrysler needs to COMPLETELY ditch the Automatic Transmission in favor of the Eaton Hybrid Hydraulic Transmission, which 'is in and of itself' a Hybrid system, and for the DSG or Dual Shift Gate Transmission, which is a clutchless 6 and even 7 speed transmission. Porsche and Audi use them and they handle high HP's and Torque.

In trems of gas efficinecy, the Auto Trans is the single largest stumbling block to fuel efficiency and self sufficiency.

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Posted: 2008/10/6 8:56  Updated: 2008/10/6 8:56
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 Re: No Spin From Chrysler - Jeep Sales Down 43%
If anyone's interested, you can now download the MY09 Brochures from the JEEP website.

FWIW, gone is the manual stick on the Libertys. And just when they added that orange color I like... That scratches that vehicle off my list!

Another pet peeve: Chrysler offers SIRIUS as standard in the base Liberty, yet it is not even a factory option on base Patriots or base JKs. WTF?

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Posted: 2008/10/2 21:54  Updated: 2008/10/2 21:56
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 Re: No Spin From Chrysler - Jeep Sales Down 43%
Just wanted to jump in here and defend my Jeep Compass that gets soooo...much grief on these pages. I sell Jeeps and own all kinds from a 1949 CJ3a to a 1984 Scrambler to a 2004 Grand. But when we want to make a smooth, fast road trip, we take our Compass. We are getting up to 25 MPG and the drive and handeling are great for a small vehicle. It was not purchased for off-roading, that's what my Rubicon is for. With that said...where is a two door Jeepster with 30 MPG's to help the Jeep brand BASH the imports.

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Posted: 2008/10/6 8:45  Updated: 2008/10/6 8:45
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 Re: No Spin From Chrysler - Jeep Sales Down 43%
Nothing personal but this "But when we want to make a smooth, fast road trip, we take our Compass." is why everyone loathes this vehicle. Fast smooth road trips should not the tagline for ANY Jeep vehicle, much the same way Camrys shouldn't be hyped with the tagline of rugged mud splashing fun. I don't mind Jeep making smaller fuel efficient vehicles if they were like a Suzuki Samurai or something relevant to the whole point of the brand. But the compass isn't it.

Handles great for a small vehicle? I'd say you need to drive more small vehicles or accept that your version of great is everyone else's average at best.

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Posted: 2008/10/2 16:10  Updated: 2008/10/2 16:10
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 Re: No Spin From Chrysler - Jeep Sales Down 43%
Is there a listing somewhere that breaks the Wrangler figures into two categories: “2dr Wrangler” and “Wrangler unlimited”? I notice the “Grand Cherokee” is down 39%. But, the Wrangler is only down 30%. I am guessing that “Wrangler unlimited” sales went down significantly more then “2dr Wrangler” sales. Just curious.

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Posted: 2008/10/2 9:05  Updated: 2008/10/2 9:05
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 Re: No Spin From Chrysler - Jeep Sales Down 43%
Compass sales dropped 65%. The Patriot took the lightest hit (probably due to its fuel economy) by dropping only 25%.

They get the same fuel economy, right? The compass has good fuel economy, but it looks like ass. So I'd say that the Patriot took the lightest hit because of it's fuel economy coupled with it's reasonably good looks.
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