Washington, Oct 1 (EFE) .- Sales of Fiat Chrysler (FCA), now part of the Stellantis group, in the United States stood at 410,917 vehicles in the third quarter of the year, representing a fall of 19%, a reduction that the company blamed on a global shortage of chips.
Despite the losses in the third quarter, in the first nine months of 2021, FCA has sold 1,365,880 vehicles in the United States, 3% more than in the same period of 2020.
In the third quarter, all FCA brands suffered sales losses. The most popular brand of the group, Jeep, which specializes in the production of SUVs and SUVs, fell 11% with the sale of 196,686 vehicles.
Meanwhile, the RAM brand, which only produces pickup trucks and vans, lost 17% of its sales, which left them at 144,740 vehicles.
Chrysler, which produces cars and minivans, fell 51% to 15,502 units, while Dodge, the group’s best-selling brand in the past, lost 32% of its sales with the delivery of 49,059 units.
FCA’s two Italian brands also suffered losses. Fiat fell 64% and in the third quarter it only sold 401 vehicles in the US Alfa Romeo fell 10% with the delivery of 4,529 units.
Jeff Kommor, FCA’s head of sales in the United States, stated in a statement that “although the various supply problems suffered by the sector continue to impact the available inventory, we know that the demand for our vehicles is still there.”
“Sales to date this year have improved 3% over the previous year,” Kommor added.
FCA explained that 15% of the group’s sales in the third quarter were to companies that purchase vehicles in bulk, with discounts compared to what individuals pay at dealerships.