Jeep sales figures through the month of August for the U.S. have been released, and the news isn't good. Like most other automakers, Jeep has been hit fairly hard by a slumping U.S. economy with sales of both the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee showing double-digit declines when compared with last year's numbers. The all-new Liberty seems to be holding its own, with an increase of 896 Libertys sold in August when compared with July, 2001. Overall, the Jeep brand is down 14% when compared to last year. Here are the numbers:
Jeep U.S. Sales Summary, Thru August 2001
Month Sales DR % Sales CYTD DR %
Model Curr Yr Pr Yr Change Curr Yr Pr Yr Change
Wrangler 4731 6272 -25% 47602 61829 -23%
Cherokee 3996 13486 -70% 70789 94042 -25%
Liberty 11458 0 0% 32506 0 0%
Grand Cherokee 16381 27444 -40% 142539 184454 -23%
JEEP BRAND 36566 47202 -23% 293436 340325 -14%
The Grand Cheorokee remained on the top 20 best selling vehicles in the U.S., dropping one place to 14th, when compared to July. The top 5 in order are: Ford F-Series Pickup, Chevrolet Silverado pickup, Honda Accord, Ford Explorer, and Toyota Camry.
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