Lincoln MKZ, Jeep Wrangler Shine in January Car Sales Report | Edmunds

Lincoln MKZ, Jeep Wrangler Shine in January Car Sales Report


Just the Facts:
  • The Lincoln MKZ, Jeep Wrangler, Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Cruze are among the standouts in the January car sales report.
  • The Jeep Compass, Jeep Patriot, Jeep Wrangler and Chrysler 200 each posted their best January sales ever.
  • Ford's Lincoln brand had its strongest sales in four years.

DETROIT — Car shoppers zeroed in on several models in January, including the Lincoln MKZ, Jeep Wrangler, Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Cruze, according to monthly sales results released on Monday.

Chrysler reported U.S. sales of 127,183, an 8 percent increase compared with sales last January. Four Chrysler Group vehicles set sales records in January. They are the Jeep Compass, Jeep Patriot, Jeep Wrangler and Chrysler 200. Sales of the new 2014 Jeep Cherokee surpassed Wrangler sales for the second straight month.

"The bad weather only seemed to affect our competitors' stores as we had a great January," said Reid Bigland, Chrysler head of U.S. sales, in a statement.

Nissan reported rosy results, too, announcing total U.S. sales for January of 90,470 units, an increase of 11.8 percent compared to last year. Sales of the Nissan Leaf set a January record, while Nissan Altima and Juke sales also increased.

General Motors said it was the "best January ever" for the Chevrolet Cruze and Cadillac SRX. But total GM sales were down 12 percent compared to January 2013.

Ford reported a 7 percent sales decline, but noted "a bright spot is Lincoln, which had its strongest sales in four years."

The increase came from the Lincoln MKZ with sales of 2,122 vehicles, up 368 percent.

Edmunds says: The Polar Vortex could not keep some car shoppers away from their favorite products.

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