RAM and Jeep continue to power the brand while cars falter. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Feb. 1, 2016 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited - $55,990 to start including the soon to be available again 3.0L EcoDiesel mated to an 8-Speed AT. The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4 recently earned a five-star overall safety rating from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Five stars is the highest single rating in NHTSA’s vehicle-evaluation program. The 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4x4’s earned the highest possible NHTSA five-star rating in the frontal collision with another vehicle test, the side impact with another vehicle test, and the side impact with a pole test. For 2017, the Jeep Grand Cherokee includes an Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) or Forward Collision Warning with Crash Mitigation. If its camera and radar agree that a frontal impact with another vehicle appears imminent, the system pre-fills the Grand Cherokee’s brakes and transmits audible and visual warnings urging the driver to react. If there is no driver response, the system triggers a brief brake application as a tactile alert. 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee NHTSA 5-Star Crash Test Ratings If the driver remains unresponsive and frontal collision risk remains, the Grand Cherokee’s brakes are applied to slow the vehicle before impact. The system may bring the vehicle to full stop if an imminent frontal collision is detected at speeds below 25 mph. FCA January 2017 Sales Overview FCA today reported U.S. January 2017 sales of 152,218 vehicles, down 11.2 percent compared with sales in January 2016 of 171,352 vehicles. In January, FCA stated their fleet sales were down some 31 percent year over year as it continues its strategy of reducing rental fleet sales. Fleet sales still represented a very large 28 percent of total FCA US sales in January. FCA US retail sales of 109,350 units were flat for the month, and represented 72 percent of total January sales. FCA January 2017 Brand Sales Highlights The Ram Truck brand sales including both the pickups and vans increased 5.5 percent in January, compared with January of 2016. RAM pickups achieved sales of 33,769 trucks, up 3.7 percent over the 32,564 sold in January of 2016. The Jeep brand was highlighted by sales of the Grand Cherokee in January with 17,301 sold, up 24 percent over the 13,975 sold in January of 2016. Could the California snows be helping in this regard? The number one tidbit in the January segment sales reports is that the Ford Fusion Hybrid outsold the Prius liftback for the first time in history. I believe this is the first time the Prius Liftback has been surpassed since the Gen 2 was released back in late 2003! U.S. January 2017 Sales vs. January 2016 Sales Ranks and Results for the top 18 Automobile Manufacturers GM January 2017 Sales Down 3.8% with 195,909 Vehicles sold Ford January 2017 Sales Down 0.6% with 172,612 Vehicles sold FCA January 2017 Sales Down 11.2% with 152,218 Vehicles sold Toyota January 2017 Sales Down 11.3% with 143,048 Vehicles sold Nissan January 2017 Sales Up 6.2% with 112,319 Vehicles sold Honda January 2017 Sales Up 5.9% with 106,380 Vehicles sold Hyundai January 2017 Sales Up 3.3% with 46,507 Vehicles sold Subaru January 2017 Sales Up 6.8% with 43,879 Vehicles sold Kia January 2017 Sales Down 7.0% with 35,626 Vehicles sold Mercedes-Benz January 2017 Sales Up 3.5% with 27,900 Vehicles sold VW January 2017 Sales Up 17.1% with 23,510 Vehicles sold Mazda January 2017 Sales Up 10.1% with 21,698 Vehicles sold BMW January 2017 Sales Down 0.5% with 21,219 Vehicles sold Audi January 2017 Sales Up 11.4% with 13,201 Vehicles sold Jaguar/Land Rover January 2017 Sales Up 29.9% with 9,102 Vehicles sold Mitsubishi January 2017 Sales Up 3.1% with 6,457 Vehicles sold Porsche January 2017 Sales Up 5.7% with 4,602 Vehicles sold Volvo January 2017 Sales Down 18.2% with 3,472 Vehicles sold The seasonally adjusted annual selling rate (SAAR) for light vehicles was approximately 17.6 million vehicles.