DETROIT – Higher sales of the Chrysler Pacifica minivan and Jeep Compass and Dodge Durango SUVs pushed Stellantis’
The uptick is another sign of demand for new vehicles rebounding, as inventories of cars and trucks improve from historically low levels during the coronavirus pandemic and supply chain problems.
Stellantis’ sales increase is expected to be among the lowest of the second quarter, according to auto industry forecasters who project industry sales to have increased 16% to 18% during that time compared with a year earlier.
“We saw increased demand this quarter as market conditions continue to improve and our dealer network makes the necessary adjustments to drive sales growth across our brand portfolios,” Stellantis’ U.S. head of sales, Jeff Kommor, said in a release Monday.
Shares of Stellantis gained about 1.5% after the news.
Sales of the Durango more than tripled compared with subdued results during the second quarter of 2022. Other vehicles that performed well included the Pacifica minivan jumping 40% and sales of the Jeep Compass increasing 28%. Most of the company’s other vehicles experienced sales declines compared with a year earlier.
Stellantis reported second-quarter sales of 434,648 vehicles, up from 408,521 cars and trucks a year earlier.
Cox Automotive recently increased its full-year new vehicle sales forecast to 15 million for the broader industry, a gain of nearly 8% from 2022, when sales finished at 13.9 million due to low inventory levels and inflated transaction prices.