2015 Chrysler 200, Chevrolet Silverado Drive Strong September Sales | Edmunds

2015 Chrysler 200, Chevrolet Silverado Drive Strong September Sales


Just the Facts:
  • Brisk sales of the 2015 Chrysler 200, Chevrolet Silverado and Nissan Rogue helped to drive Chrysler, GM and Nissan to 19 percent sales increases in September.
  • "We will have improved availability of heavy-duty pickups and large SUVs in the months ahead and the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon are arriving in showrooms as we speak," said Kurt McNeil, GM's U.S. vice president of sales operations.
  • Chrysler cited "continued consumer demand" for its robust results.

DETROIT Brisk sales of the 2015 Chrysler 200, Chevrolet Silverado and Nissan Rogue helped to drive Chrysler, GM and Nissan to 19 percent sales increases in September.

Ford sales declined 3 percent. But the automaker said the Ford Fusion posted its best September ever.

"Fusion is selling strong, with five straight months of record performance," said John Felice, Ford vice president of U.S. marketing, sales and service, in a statement.

GM's truck month could not have been more perfectly timed.

"With Ford F-150 production on the shelf, GM had an easier path to showcase Silverado to truck shoppers," said Jessica Caldwell, an Edmunds senior analyst. "And with truck and SUV sales still chugging along at an eye-opening pace, GM has every reason to feel good about how it closed out the quarter."

Ford is preparing for the launch of the redesigned 2015 F-150, which is set to arrive at dealerships before the end of the year.

In the meantime, GM is promising to stay the course.

"We will have improved availability of heavy-duty pickups and large SUVs in the months ahead and the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon are arriving in showrooms as we speak," said Kurt McNeil, GM's U.S. vice president of sales operations, in a statement.

Chrysler cited "continued consumer demand" for its robust results. Jeep sales were up 47 percent, the brand's best September ever. The Jeep Wrangler, Compass and Patriot turned in record performances.

Nissan said Rogue sales set a September record and Murano sales were up 50 percent as the company prepares for the launch of the redesigned 2015 model.

"Auto sales remained strong in September and rounded out an excellent third quarter, the best for the industry since 2006," said Bill Fay, Toyota division group vice president and general manager, in a statement. "SUVs and crossovers continue to be the industry's hot spots, and RAV4 and 4Runner both saw double-digits gains."

Edmunds says: Car shoppers are still flocking to showrooms, as evidenced by the mostly positive September sales report.

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