Jeep Sets Global Sales Record in 2012, Highest Total Since 1999
It's safe to say that Chrysler Group enjoyed 2012 as it turned in its best year since 2007 seeing sales increase by 21 percent. While those numbers are strictly for the U.S. market, Jeep definitely played a pivotal role in that success by moving 474,131 units. Today, Jeep announced more of its own success setting an all-time global sales record in 2012 with 701,626 units sold. That numbers bests the previous record of 675,494 units sold back in 1999. Jeep saw its sales increase 19 percent across the world in 2012 and 13 percent in the U.S. Jeep saw contributions from every major market in 2012 when compared to 2011. In particularly, Asia-Pacific markets saw sales rise 94 percent while European market sales climbed 29 percent. The Latin American market saw sales rise 18 percent and in China, Jeep continued its pace of being the fastest growing brand with sales up a whopping 107 percent in 2012. In Jeep's home market, the United States, the brand once again became the best-selling SUV maker after giving away its position that 2011. A bunch of models in Jeep's stable chipped in to earn the global sales record including the iconic Wrangler, which amassed 194,142 units sold, its best year ever in the global market. The Wrangler also set a sales record in the U.S. with 141,669 units moved. The Jeep Compass also set a record with 103,321 units sold globally while the Patriot enjoyed its best sales year in the U.S. with 62,010 units moved. As for the Jeep Grand Cherokee, it moved 154,734 units stateside in 2012 on its way to its best annual total since 2005. Global Grand Cherokee sales landed at 223,196 units with the Wrangler following closely behind with 194,142 units sold. The Compass rounded out the top three with 103,321 units sold. Source: Jeep
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