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August 2015 Sales: Ford, FCA Make Gains While GM Slides

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 9/2/2015 Erick Ayapana
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The volatile global stock markets last month led industry analysts to predict a drop in sales for all Big Three domestic automakers. Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, however, proved them wrong and pushed through August with sales gains. Ford posted a 5-percent jump in year-over-year sales, while FCA squeaked by with a 2-percent boost. General Motors saw its sales decline by 1 percent (0.7 percent).

It could’ve been worse. Based on a recent Bloomberg report, industry analysts predicted GM sales would slide 2.6 percent. Meanwhile, predicted declines for Ford and FCA were 0.2 and 1.2 percent, respectively.

For all three brands, crossovers and trucks provided big boosts. August was the best month ever for Chevrolet crossovers, while GMC pickup trucks enjoyed a double-digit sales increase. Not surprisingly, the Ford F-Series was a top seller, cresting 70,000 units sold for the first time this year. Mustang, Transit, and Edge sales were also strong for the Blue Oval.

FCA sold over 200,000 vehicles in August, which is the second time the company surpassed that mark this year. Jeep did well and reported an 18-percent jump in sales, while Dodge posted the largest decline with a 15-percent drop compared to August 2014.

Ford

Winner: Ford Transit: 10,263 units sold, 834-percent increase

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The new Ford Transit launched and was just starting to pick up steam last summer, which explains the huge 834-percent year-over-year gains. Still, its tally of 10,263 units last month is proof that Ford’s new van continues to be a popular addition to the automaker’s lineup.

Winner: Ford Edge: 11,832 units sold, 36-percent increase

The refreshed Ford Edge appears to be resonating well with crossover shoppers. Ford says this was the best August ever for SUV sales, despite a sales decrease for the Flex.

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Loser: Ford C-Max: 2,224 units sold, 37-percent decrease

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Perhaps the relatively low gas prices this summer played a role here, but sales of the hybrid hatchback sunk 37 percent last month.

FCA

Winner: Jeep Wrangler: 18,160 units sold, 1-percent increase

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The Cherokee and Renegede may be Jeep’s newest models, but the mighty Wrangler’s popularity hasn’t waned. The Wrangler was just a few hundred units behind the Cherokee last month and is among FCA’s strongest sellers.

Winner: Dodge Challenger: 5,235 units sold, 25-percent increase

The Challenger SRT Hellcat may only be a small chunk of Challenger sales, but it has proven to be a textbook halo car, garnering interest for the rest of the lineup. Sales of the Challenger are stronger than ever, including a 25-percent bump for the month of August.

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Loser: Dodge Dart: 6,154 units sold, 27-percent decrease

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Most FCA cars have seen better months, including the Dodge Dart, which saw a 27-percent drop in August. FCA can take solace in the fact that top sellers in the compact segment also saw a dip in sales including the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Ford Focus.

GM

Winner: Cadillac SRX: 6,903 units sold, 52-percent increase

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The current Cadillac SRX is slated to be replaced soon, but sales are stronger than ever. The midsize luxury crossover sold 6,903 units last month and was the only Cadillac model to post a sales gain.

Winner: Buick Encore: 6,286 units sold, 28,2-percent increase

The Encore continues to be a surprising sales success. It outsells the mechanically similar and cheaper Chevrolet Trax, and is Buick’s second best-selling model after the Enclave.

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Loser: Chevrolet Cruze: 14,661 units sold, 37.4-percent decrease

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The new Cruze can’t come soon enough. Sales of Chevy’s compact sedan continue to slide due to strong competition from the Civic and Corolla. Its year-to-date tally is also in the red and currently stands at 163,938 units, which is 13.6-percent lower than before.

Source: The Automakers, Bloomberg

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