Stellantis sales tumble in first quarter as Jeep factories face downtime

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Total U.S. sales of SUV maker Jeep and Ram pickup trucks fell 14% in the first quarter of 2022 from a year ago as supply chain challenges continued to weigh on inventory.

Stellantis NV sold 405,221 vehicles in the first three months of the year as retail sales fell 13%. Commercial shipments increased by the same percentage. A global shortage of semiconductors and other component constraints have halted production at factories intermittently over the past year.

And supply issues continue: Mack’s Detroit assembly plant, which produces two- and three-row Jeep Grand Cherokees, will be closed next week, along with the Belvidere assembly plant in New York. ‘Illinois, where the Jeep Cherokee is located, due to a lack of microchips.

With Detroit’s Jefferson North Assembly Plant also down for retooling next week, that means the automaker won’t produce its most popular Jeep at all – which was one of the few highlights of the premiere. trimester. Jeep sales fell 2% year over year, but Grand Cherokee sales rose 36% after the launch of its fifth generation last fall, making it the best first quarter of its story. The Mexico-built Compass, which was refreshed last year, saw sales increase by 22%.

All of Stellantis’ brands have seen year-over-year sales decline. Despite its 7% increase in commercial sales, Ram was down 15%. Chrysler fell 27%, Dodge 36% and Alfa Romeo 29%. Fiat sales fell 58% overall, but the only vehicle still in production for sale in the United States, the 500X crossover, grew 26%.

Stellantis also highlighted the performance of its electrified vehicles. The Jeep Wrangler 4xe, the top-selling plug-in vehicle in the United States, according to the company, accounted for 18% of total Wrangler sales. The Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid accounted for 16% of minivan sales.

“Despite the impact of supply chain constraints facing our industry, we continue to see strong demand for our vehicles,” Jeff Kommor, the automaker’s U.S. sales manager, said in a statement. “Our dealer network continues to show great flexibility as we balance and prioritize these demands by compensating for market conditions.”

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