Well, Jeep sales numbers for the first quarter of 2001 are in and...they're down. As expected, Jeep sales continue to slide when compared to the first quarter of 2000. The Wrangler was hit especially hard, down 30% from last year. Here's the breakdown:
Month Sales DR % Sales CYTD DR % Model Curr Pr Change Curr Pr Change Yr Yr Yr Yr
Wrangler 5714 8144 -30% 14205 20019 -29% Cherokee 12765 12514 2% 33894 36143 -6% Liberty 0 0 - - - - Grand Cherokee 23025 22758 1% 58445 64442 -9% JEEP BRAND 41504 43416 -4% 106544 120604 -12%
Selling Days 27 27 77 77
In other bleak news, one of the minor Jeep factories is moving to Mexico - which one is it, you ask? Don't worry, it's one of the smaller ones - really small. The toy division of Mattel that manufactures the Barbie Jeep is closing down after 30 year on production in Murray, Kentucky. Here's a link to the complete story.
Finally, it appears that the county that controls the area around the famed Rubicon trail in the Sierra Nevadas is thinking about closing access to the world-famous Jeep trail. For those of you who aren't familiar with the trail, every Jeep model must be able to complete the trail before it is allowed to go into production. What can you do to help save the Rubicon? How about signing this petition - it's free. Currently, there's over 5000 signatures, so why not add yours today!