FCA celebrates superb sales numbers in Geneva
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles can be more than pleased with the results they’ve achieved throughout February. In Italy FCA grew by 32,2%, nearly 5% more than the 27,3% market average. It’s the biggest growth since May 2006 for Lingotto. As of January the group has seen an increase of 26,1% compared with the same period last year. That means more than 95.000 cars have been sold so far on the peninsula, 50.232 units alone having been sold in February. Fiat’s small Panda is the main reason for these very positive numbers with no less than 14.787 units in February. It’s an absolute record since its debut in 2012 and an incredible +49,8% as opposed to February 2015. A staggering 28.287 were sold since the start of 2016. The Panda is doing so well, in fact, that it takes the tenth spot in the whole of Europe. Alfredo Altavilla of course speaks of a huge success. The sturdy and reliable city car was bought 174.000 times last year and they’re expecting to get rid of nearly 200.000 Pandas in 2016.
Fiat is doing well then thanks its cheapest model, but the 500, 500L and 500X are also winners with a third, fourth and sixth place respectively. The Punto comes in tenth in Italy at 3.722 units. The Tipo-sedan was seventh in its C-segment with 2.014 sold. That’s a promising fact with the hatchback and Stationwagon soon arriving. Fiat as a whole sold 36.573 cars. Lancia, too, can be proud of its Ypsilon; the facelift caused 6.770 people to buy one in February resulting in a second place on the domestic ranking. The brand from Chivasso achieved an impressive +30%. 18 remaining Deltas and other models in stock were bought as well. Alfa Romeo sold 3.085 cars, 2.525 of which were Giuliettas. A growth of 7,75%. Jeep managed 3.635 units (+47,7%), Maserati 106 and Ferrari 45; also more than last year for both high-end makes.
FCA saw its sales increase overseas as well with +12% in the US and +1% in Canada. The Fiat 500X continues to gain popularity in the US (+52%), though the brand did give in 9% compared with February 2015. Still, the 500 was once again chosen as the most reliable of city cars available in the US according to a J.D. Power-research. The 124 Spider will be joining the ranks this summer.