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1st Gear: Man, You People Really Love Jeeps
The Chrysler Group (part of FCA) is years away form being where they need to be but people keep buying their vehicles. Specifically, total sales for the company were up nearly 20% as every brand saw increasing sales (although, as a whole, car sales were down 1%).
Leading the charge was Jeep, with a 41% year-over-year gain led by the new Cherokee. Chrysler also saw a robust increase in Town & Country sales, although I'm curious to whom. Ram continued its strong streak and even Fiat and Dodge managed wins on 500L and Dart sales, respectively.
Granted, the automaker appears to have spent a ton of money on incentives so maybe this shouldn't be a surprise.
2nd Gear: Fiat Is No Longer An Italian Company
Bloomberg has a good take today on Fiat leaving Italy to become the global company it needs to become to survive, although someone wrote "ciao" in the headline, which almost ruins the whole thing.