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VolvoCars reportsbest salesmonth
in its88-year history
1 December 2015 | OEM
Volvo Cars posted a 26% increase in retail
sales for the month of November, selling
49,055 cars globally which represents a
new all-time high result for a single month.
In the medium term, Volvo Cars is
targeting annual sales of 800,000 cars
globally following a complete renewal of its
product line-up in the next four years.
The global success for the Volvo XC90
is paving the way for the all-new Volvo S90
premium sedan – the second car to be
based on Volvo’s in-house developed SPA
(Scalable Product Architecture) technology.
The Volvo S90 will be unveiled at an event
in Gothenburg on December 2.
For the month of November, the U.S.
reported 6,903 retail sales, up 90.5% versus
the same month last year. Sales were
boosted by strong demand for the XC90 and
XC60 models which were the best-selling
Volvos in the U.S. for the month. Year-to-date
sales in the U.S. market are now up 18%.
Retail sales in Europe as a whole were up
by 23.9% to a total of 26,646 cars. Sweden
reported a market share of 24.3% while also
the Netherlands and Germany were growth
drivers in Europe with substantial sales
increases. The V40 and XC60 were the best-
selling Volvo models in Europe while growth
was driven mainly by the XC90 model.
Sales in China amounted to 8,045 cars in
November, up 15.8% versus the same month
last year. The locally produced Volvo XC60
and S60L are the best-selling Volvo models
on the market.
The Volvo XC60 was the best-selling
model in November with 13,988 sold cars,
followed by the V40 and V40 Cross Country
models for which deliveries reached a total
of 9,656 cars. The new Volvo XC90 was the
third best-selling carline with 6,792 cars.
Renault: Pioneeringelectricvehicles in
Europe
1 December 2015 | OEM
To coincide with the COP21 summit, discover more about Renault’s strategy on all-electric
transport; striving towards the most environmentally sound automotive solution, ensuring
sustainability into the future.
The first car manufacturer in Europe
to embrace and invest in the all-electric
vehicle, Renault is currently playing a key
role in arrangements for the COP21 United
Nations Climate Change summit in Paris.
As part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance,
Renault is providing its electric vehicles to
shuttle delegates around the French capital
as part of the largest-ever fleet of all-electric
vehicles fielded at such an event.
Fittingly, Renault sees electric power as
the most viable automotive countermeasure
against climate change – indeed, 115,000
fewer tonnes of CO2 have been discharged
into the atmosphere thanks to the Renault
electric vehicles on the road today. More
than one-in-five electric vehicles sold in
Europe are Renault (as at end October
2015) making it number one in the European
electric vehicle market.
FCAU.S. reportsNovember 2015U.S.
sales increased3%; bestNovember
in 15years
1 December 2015 | OEM
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles U.S. has reported U.S. sales of 175,974 units, a 3% increase
compared with sales in November last year (170,839 units), and the group’s best November
sales since 2000.
The Jeep and Ram Truck brands each
posted year-over-year sales gains in
November compared with the same month
a year ago. The Jeep brand’s 20% increase
was the largest sales gain of any FCA U.S.
brand during the month. The group extended
its streak of year-over-year sales gains to
68-consecutive months.
“Despite having two less selling days this
November, FCA U.S. still recorded its best
November sales since 2000 and our 68th-
consecutive month of year-over-year sales
increases,” said Reid Bigland, Head of U.S.
Sales. “The favorable I.O.U. environment
of low interest rates, oil prices, and
unemployment, coupled with our strongest
product line up ever, continues to be a
significant driver of FCA sales.”
Seven FCA U.S. vehicles set records in
the month of November, including four Jeep
brand vehicles. The Jeep Cherokee, Jeep
Compass, Jeep Patriot, and Jeep Wrangler
each recorded their best November sales
ever. The Chrysler Town & Country minivan
posted a 20% sales gain, the largest
percentage year-over-year increase of any
FCA U.S. vehicle in the month. The Dodge
Challenger, Dodge Journey and Ram pickup
truck also turned in their best November
sales ever.
FCA U.S. finished the month of November
with an 86-day supply of inventory (659,063
units). U.S. industry sales figures for November
are internally projected at an estimated 18.4
million units Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate
(SAAR).
Jeep
Jeep brand sales increased 20%, the
brand’s best November sales ever and
its 26th-consecutive month of year-over-
year sales gains. The Jeep brand has set
a sales record in every month dating back
to November 2013. The Compass, Patriot,
Wrangler and Cherokee each posted their
best November sales ever. The Compass’
19% increase was the largest year-over-year
percentage gain of any Jeep brand model for
the month. Sales of the flagship Jeep Grand
Cherokee were up 11% for its best November
sales since 2003. The Grand Cherokee was
named a Consumers Digest Best Buy for
the sixth-consecutive year. The Renegade
earned a Best Buy designation in November
from both Consumer Guide Automotive and
Consumers Digest.
Ram Truck
Ram Truck brand sales, which include
the Ram pickup truck, Ram ProMaster, Ram
ProMaster City and Ram Cargo Van, were up
1% in November, the brand’s best November
sales since 2003. Sales of the Ram pickup
truck increased 2%, the pickup’s best
November sales ever. The pickup was named
a 2016 Best Buy last month by the editors at
Consumer Guide Automotive. Ram ProMaster
City sales were up 158% in November,
compared with the previous month of
October. It was the ProMaster City’s best
sales month since it was launched in January.
Green Car Journal named the ProMaster City
its 2016 Commercial Green Car of the Year
during last month’s San Antonio Auto & Truck
Show. The ProMaster City is Ram’s newest
addition to its commercial vehicle lineup
and contributes to the expanding, purpose-
built van segment with a number of best-in-
class, functional elements tied directly to
commercial customer demand.
Dodge
Five Dodge brand vehicles posted sales
gains, including the Dodge Challenger
and Dodge Journey, which had their best
November sales ever. It was the Challenger’s
10th sales record this year. The Dodge
Charger, Dodge Durango and Dodge Viper
all posted year-over-year sales gains in
November. The Charger, for the second
time in two years, has earned the Residual
Value Award in the ‘Full-size Car’ category
from ALG, the industry benchmark for
residual values and depreciation data. The
Durango last month earned a 2016 Best Buy
designation in the Large SUV category from
editors at Consumer Guide Automotive for
the fourth-consecutive year. In addition, the
Durango and Challenger each earned a Best
Buy last month from Consumers Digest. Also,
the Charger and Durango made Strategic
Vision’s annual list of ‘Most Loved Vehicles in
America.’ Dodge brand sales were down 8%
in November, compared with the same month
a year ago.
Fiat
Fiat brand sales, which include the Fiat 500,
Fiat 500L, and 500X, the newest addition to
the Fiat brand vehicle lineup, were down 3%
in November compared with the same month
a year ago. The Fiat 500 last month earned a
Best Buy designation from Consumers Digest
for the fifth time in the Subcompact category.
Also last month, the 500 and the fully-electric
Fiat 500e both made Strategic Vision’s ‘Most
Loved Vehicles in America’ list.
Chrysler
Sales of the Chrysler Town and Country
minivan were up 20%, the minivan’s second
best sales month this year. The Town and
Country’s 20% sales gain was the largest
percentage year-over-year increase of any
FCA U.S. vehicle in the month. Chrysler brand
sales were down 12%, compared with the
same month a year ago. The Chrysler 300, the
brand’s flagship sedan, earned its fourth Best
Buy award in the Luxury Cars category from
Consumers Digest in November. Consumers
Digest selects Best Buys by identifying
vehicles that deliver the most value for the
money within their segment.
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