2015 Jeep Cherokee, Chevrolet Colorado, Ford F-150 Are Winners in March Sales Report | Edmunds

2015 Jeep Cherokee, Chevrolet Colorado, Ford F-150 Are Winners in March Sales Report

DETROIT — The 2015 Jeep Cherokee, Chevrolet Colorado and Ford F-150 rode a crest of strong truck and SUV sales in March, as automakers reported an overall mixed bag of results on Wednesday.

GM said pickups and crossovers drove the best Chevrolet and GMC truck sales in March since 2007, even though overall sales were down 2 percent year over year.

"As the economy gained steam throughout 2014, we knew 2015 would be a strong year for trucks," said Kurt McNeil, GM's U.S. vice president of sales operations, in a statement. "Higher demand dovetailed perfectly with the launches of our new full-size pickups and large SUVS. Low fuel prices and the successful launches of the Chevrolet Colorado and Trax made us even more bullish."

To increase overall truck production and meet demand for the Colorado and GMC Canyon, GM's Wentzville Assembly plant added a third production shift in March.

"Dealers have customers lining up for the GMC Canyon and Chevrolet Colorado, so the additional supply couldn't come at a better time," McNeil said.

Ford reported strong demand for the F-Series, despite an overall sales decline in March of 3 percent.

"Our retail performance was driven by gains across our utility van and truck lineups with strong consumer acceptance of the all-new F-150," said Mark LaNeve, Ford vice president of U.S. marketing, sales and service, in a statement.

FCA US, formerly the Chrysler Group, reported a 2 percent increase in March compared with sales in March 2014.

The Chrysler 200, Dodge Dart, Dodge Journey, Jeep Cherokee and Jeep Patriot each logged an all-time sales record last month.

The Jeep Wrangler, Jeep Compass and Ram ProMaster van each recorded their best-ever sales in the month of March.

"Five years of consecutive monthly year-over-year sales increases is a great symbol of FCA's commitment to continuous improvement and a tremendous source of pride for our entire organization," said Reid Bigland, head of FCA U.S. sales, in a statement.

Hyundai Motor America tweeted that sales were up 12 percent in March and noted it was the "best month ever for Elantra and best March ever for Genesis."

March 2015 was Nissan's best-ever month for truck sales, led by gains by the brand's crossovers, including the Nissan Rogue, Murano and Pathfinder. Nissan's overall March sales dropped 2.7 percent.

Toyota reported March 2015 sales of 225,959, an increase of 4.9 percent from March 2014.

Honda said overall U.S. sales decreased 5.3 percent versus March 2014.

"With consumers showing a growing appetite for light trucks, the Honda CR-V and Pilot continue to set a blistering sales pace," Honda said in a statement.

Edmunds says: Car shoppers were bullish on trucks and SUVs in March, a trend that is expected to continue throughout the year.

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