Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) posted strong sales results in Europe during the summer period. Group sales were up 38.9% in August and 17.2% in July, in both cases outperforming the industry average. For the eight months year-to-date, sales were up 3.0% over the same period in 2017. The two brands driving these results were Jeep (+158.1% in August and +90.8% in July) and Alfa Romeo (+80.3% in August and +27.4% in July). Fiat brand continued to lead the European A segment, with the 500 and Panda holding a combined 28.3% segment share for the year-to-date. August sales were higher year-over-year for the Jeep Renegade (+44.7%), Jeep Compass (+520.7%), Alfa Romeo Giulia (+84.1%), Alfa Romeo Stelvio (+138.3%), Fiat 500X (+86.8%), Fiat Tipo (+33.4%) and Fiat 500L (+45.8%).
FCA posted strong sales in Europe during the summer period, outperforming the industry average in both August and July. In August, the Group posted a 38.9% increase (vs. industry average of 29.8%) with nearly 73,300 vehicles sold and market share 50 basis points higher at 6.3%. This represented a further improvement on the July result, when Group sales were up 17.2% year-over-year (industry average of +10.1%) to 92,800 vehicles. The Group's July market share was 50 basis points higher at 7.1%.
Year-to-date, FCA sales were up 3.0% to nearly 763,300 vehicles with market share at 6.8%.
For the major markets, the Group posted August sales increases in Spain (+170.0%, vs. industry average of +48.7%), France (+92.3%, vs. industry average of 40.0%), Germany (+24.3%) and Italy (+2.6%). For the year- to-date, Group sales were particularly positive in France (+29.7%) and Spain (+35.8%).
Jeep brand sales were up 90.8% in July to nearly 15,500 vehicles with market share increasing 50 basis points to 1.2%. In August sales were up 158.1% to more than 15,400 vehicles. Market share was 60 basis points higher at 1.3%, representing an all-time European record for the brand.
The brand significantly outperformed the industry in all major markets, with sales up 137.8% in Italy, 91.1% in Germany, 192.9% in France, 12.1% in the UK and 349.2% in Spain.
Year-to-date, Jeep brand sales were up 78.5% to 121,250 vehicles and share was 50 basis points higher at 1.1%.
The Renegade and Compass - the brand's leading models in Europe - were both in the top ten in their respective segments in August. The Renegade posted a 44.7% year-over-year increase, while sales of the Compass were up 520.7% compared with August 2017 when the model had just recently been launched.
Alfa Romeo posted a particularly strong performance during the summer months, with European sales up 80.3% in August to nearly 8,500 vehicles (share up 20 bps to 0.7%) and 27.4% in July to 9,000 vehicles (share up 10 bps to 0.7%).
Results were positive in nearly all major European markets, including Italy (+66.6% in August and +44.6% in July), Germany (+24.5% in August), France (+222.0% in August and +4.7% in July), the UK (+8.4% in August) and Spain (+276.7% in August and +129.8% in July).
Year-to-date, sales were up 16.8% to 67,700 vehicles with market share at 0.6% (+10 bps).
The result was driven by the Giulia, which increased European sales 84.1% in August, and the Stelvio, with August sales up 138.3% to more than 2,700 vehicles. Sales of the Giulietta were also positive in August with a 73.7% year-over-year increase.
Fiat closed the summer period with August sales up 22.9% to nearly 47,600 vehicles and market share at 4.1%. In July, sales were 8.8% higher year-over-year at 64,000 vehicles and market share was 4.9%.
The brand outperformed the industry in France (+60.8% in August and +61.5% in July) and Spain (+135.0% in August and +35.7% in July).
Year-to-date, brand sales totaled nearly 535,700 vehicles and market share was 4.8%.
Fiat continued to dominate the European A segment with the 500 and Panda ranking first and second for the year-to-date and accounting for a combined 28.3% segment share. The 500X ranked among the top ten in its segment, with sales growing 86.8% in August and 15.5% for the year-to-date. August sales results were also positive for the 500L (+45.8%) and the Tipo (33.4%). The 124 Spider ranked among the European top ten in its segment, with August sales up 42.2% over the same month in 2017.
Lancia/Chrysler posted August sales of nearly 1,300 vehicles with European market share at 0.1%. Year-to-date, brand sales totaled 32,000 vehicles and share was 0.3%.
For Maserati, the Group's luxury brand, European sales totaled 790 vehicles in July, 476 in August and 5,699 year-to-date.
2018 Formula One VTB Russian Grand Prix – Race – Sunday
Spectacular race outcome with six more points added to the tally by Charles Leclerc finishing in P7
Weather: sunny/cloudy and dry, 23-26°C air, 24-32°C track
The race at the Sochi Autodrom saw Charles Leclerc score six more points for the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team, crossing the finishing line in 7th place after delivering a very solid performance. Marcus Ericsson, who finished in 13th place, also had a consistent and strong pace, but struggled to advance due to traffic. Both drivers made their start, respectively in P7 and P10, on hypersoft tyres. They began the race on a one-stop strategy, but with Ericsson the team opted to go for a second pitstop, changing to the ultrasoft compound, in an attempt to gain pace and move up the order. With impressive overtakes by Charles Leclerc in the Grand Prix, and an overall positive weekend in Russia to look back on, the Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team heads to Japan feeling confident of their potential to finish the last few races of the 2018 season on a high.
The Alfa Romeo Sauber F1 Team currently holds 9th place in the Constructors' Championship. Charles Leclerc is in 15th (21 points), and Marcus Ericsson in 18th (6 points) in the Drivers' Championship.
Marcus Ericsson (car number 9):
C37 (Chassis 03/Ferrari)
Result: 13th. Start on hypersoft tyres, after 11 laps change to soft tyres, and after 37 laps change to ultrasoft tyres
"It was a frustrating race for me. The car and my driving felt good, but unfortunately I was stuck behind another car for the majority of the race and could not advance. I worked hard on trying to overtake, but it is a difficult track to do that. We tried to gain some pace by making a second pitstop and changing to ultrasoft tyres, but it didn't work. I look forward to being back in the car next week at Suzuka, one of my favourite tracks, and having a new chance for a strong result there."
Charles Leclerc (car number 16):
C37 (Chassis 02/Ferrari) Result: 7th. Start on hypersoft tyres, after 10 laps change to soft tyres
"I am very happy with the result today. It was a great race, with a strong strategy, and a car that felt very good to drive. The overtakes at the beginning of the race were on the limit but they helped us to finish the race in P7. To score such a result for the first time this season feels amazing, and is a good reward for all of the hard work we put in week after week. I am glad to have scored some more points and can't wait for the next race in Japan."
Frédéric Vasseur, Team Principal:
"It was a great event for us. We had good starting positions, and both drivers did a consistent job throughout the race. Charles showed some impressive overtakes in the opening laps of the race, and delivered when it was important. He was strong in managing his tyres and overall had a very strong race. Marcus gave a consistent performance, and had a good pace, especially at the start of the race. Unfortunately, he got stuck behind another car and could not move forward. It is a good sign for us as a team to have one of our cars finish in 7th place in a smooth race. We have to continue pushing and we will see what is possible in Japan."
Jeep® Brand is on the crest of a wave with World Surf League
As global partner of the World Surf League (WSL), the Jeep® brand will play a prominent role in the next two stages of the Championship Tour: in France, from 3 to 14 October, and in Portugal from 16 to 27 October.
The Jeep brand and the World Surf League share the same values: a spirit of freedom, passion and adventure.
The "Jeep Lounge" will be set up to enable visitors to request information about the Jeep range and book a test drive in the new Wrangler, Cherokee and Renegade.
Fans can enjoy Jeep session: a 360° "virtual surfing" experience available thanks to "Samsung Gear VR", as well as thrilling beach challenges on real surfboards operated by a mechanical system.
Champions of the World Surf League (WSL) are getting ready to compete in the upcoming European stages of the exciting Championship Tour: first at Landes (France), from 3 to 14 October, during "Quiksilver Pro France", and then at Peniche (Portugal) for "MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal" from 16 to 27 October.
One of the stars of the events will be the Jeep brand, partner of WSL Championship Tour events, which will be celebrating its affinity for surfing with the general public at both locations, as well as giving visitors the chance to test drive the most award-winning range ever. The Jeep brand also sponsored the WSL Championship Tour stage held from 2 to 16 July in South Africa, as well as partnering the Qualifying Series at Casablanca (Morocco) from 12 to 17 September and at Ericeira (Portugal) from 24 to 30 September.
At the upcoming competitions in France and Portugal, the Jeep brand will offer branded hospitality via a 'Jeep Lounge' in the sponsors' village. Here visitors will be able to request information about the Jeep range, purchase official Jeep merchandise and book a test drive in the latest Jeep models. The vehicles available for the test drives will be the all-new Wrangler, the Jeep icon is the most off-road capable Wrangler ever, delivering the highest levels of comfort and handling for everyday use, and the new Cherokee, the evolution of the most capable mid-sized SUV that's just as at home with the demands of modern city living as it is with adventures off the beaten track.
The Lounge allows guests to experience the Compass, the perfect combination of Jeep technology, character and design, and the new 2019 Renegade - the first Jeep SUV to be made in Italy - now featuring new styling and new engines, to keep its role as protagonist both in metropolitan settings and off the beaten track - that visitors will be able to test drive in the unstoppable Trailhawk version.
At the "Jeep Lounge" guests will have the chance to experience a 360° virtual surfing adventure thanks to exclusive content produced by the Jeep brand, using Samsung Gear VR technology. Wearing a special pair of goggles, users will find themselves riding the waves on a surfboard and, in virtual mode, will be able to tackle a real "tube", just like the professionals taking part in the day's competitions. Enthusiasts will also be able to try their skills on two real surfboards, operated by a mechanical system to "take on" the waves in exciting, enjoyable challenges.
Last but not least, world-class surfers and Jeep brand Ambassadors Jordy Smith and Malia Manuel will be attending both European events and involved in different on-site branded activities.
The European events of the prestigious WSL Championship Tour are only a small part of multi-year partnership between the Jeep brand and the WSL, which renewed at the start of the 2017 season.
The Jeep brand is the official and exclusive global automotive partner of the WSL Championship Tour and the naming rights partner to the WSL Jeep Leader Tour Rankings for the men's and women's Championship Tour.
Partnership perfectly represents the values shared by Jeep brand and board sports - authenticity, freedom, passion and adventure, and the synergy between the search for perfect wave and the enjoyment of off-road driving.
Another R-GT victory for the Abarth 124 rally driven by Italian Andrea Nucita in the Slovenian Championship
In the Rally Porec, Andrea Nucita and Giorgia Ascalone finish 9th overall and win their category, unbeatable amongst 2 Wheel Drive cars.
In Spain, in the Rally Villa de Llanes, 2nd place in the GT category for Spanish pair Alberto Monarri and Rodrigo Sanjuán.
Thrilling performance by French driver Nicolas Ciamin, alongside Antony Vilanova, in the Rallye Coeur de France, valid for the French Championship.
It was the season's third R-GT category win in the Slovenian Championship for Italian driver Andrea Nucita who, paired on this occasion with Giorgia Ascalone, drove the Bernini Rally team's Abarth 124 rally to 9th place overall in the Rally Porec. The same team also achieved victory in the women's table with the Italian pair of Masha Mularo and Paola Valmassoi, who thus repeated their success amongst the Ladies in the previous event, the Rally Nova Gorica. It was a tough race, with a very twisty, treacherous course, but the masterly Italian driver brought home a win that in practice assures him the R-GT category title in the Slovenian Championship.
Nucita: "It was important to record our third win in succession in a championship that has brought us lots of good results and two overall third places, in the Vipavska and Zelezniki rallies. Here, the spectators cheer us on and inspire us to put up a good show."
There was a tough challenge facing the Spanish pair of Alberto Monarri and Rodrigo Sanjuàn, who, at the wheel of their Team SMC Junior Motorsport 124 rally, drove an attacking race, occupying 8th place overall in the first part of the event. Even though they had fallen behind in the last 3 timed stages, in the final stage they managed to seize a final second place in the Gran Turismo category.
Young French driver Nicolas Ciamin put in an outstanding performance, as he has throughout the season, alongside Antony Vilanova in the French Championship. In the Rallye Coeur de France, at the end of the first stage Ciamin was in 5th place overall, confirming the excellent performances of the Team Milano Racing's Abarth 124 rally, a very impressive feat in view of the large number of official team 4-wheel drive cars driven by very experienced drivers taking part in the event. However, unluckily the Frenchman was forced to retire at the start of the last day of the race. Team Milano Racing will be able to make up for this at the next event, the Criterium des Cevennes, to be held on 26 and 27 October, when FIA R-GT Cup World Champion, Raphael Astier, will be driving in its colours.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles sales in Italy totaled 95,000 vehicles during the third quarter of 2018, with market share at 25.7%. In July and August, sales growth was significantly higher than the average, reflecting introduction of the WLTP regulation with an expected subsequent correction in September.In addition to the impact of the new regulations, FCA's sales results for the quarter reflected, as already noted in July and August, the increasing contribution toward the latter part of the year of retail and Pure Fleet sales.For the nine months year-to-date, FCA sales in Italy totaled 398,000 vehicles and market share was 26.7%.In this particularly complex market environment, Jeep brand achieved a record market share for the quarter (4.7%) with sales increasing 55% year-over-year. The brand also posted a strong year-to-date performance with Italian sales up 87% over the same period in 2017 to 65,400 vehicles.
FCA performed well in the September rankings with a total of four models in the top ten. These included the Fiat Panda, Lancia Ypsilon, Fiat 500 and Jeep Renegade.
The introduction, from September 1st, of emissions regulations requiring all new vehicles to be Euro 6C or 6D-TEMP compliant resulted in atypical market conditions during the summer quarter. In fact, July and August sales were significantly higher than the average (also reflecting introduction of the WLTP regulation) with a subsequent correction in September. Accordingly, the year-over-year comparison is for the full quarter as this provides a more meaningful result. This situation will stabilize in the fourth quarter with the depletion of Euro 6B stock.
During the third quarter, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles sold 95,000 vehicles with Italian market share at 25.7% for the period.
Year-to-date, Group sales totaled 398,000 vehicles and market share was 26.7%.
This result was driven by FCA's leading models and the Group maintained a strong presence in the rankings once again in September with a total of four models in the top ten. These included the Fiat Panda, Lancia Ypsilon, Fiat 500 and Jeep Renegade.
Jeep posted another strong quarter with more than 17,300 vehicles sold. This represented a 55% year-over-year increase with market share up 190 basis points to 4.7%, the brand's all-time record in Italy.
Year-to-date, brand sales were up 87% to more than 65,400 vehicles and market share was 4.4%.
The Jeep Compass and Jeep Renegade both posted positive results for the quarter. The Compass continued among the leaders in its segment with an 8% segment share, while the Renegade ranked in the Italian top ten for the period and achieved a 12.9% segment share.
Alfa Romeo continued its positive momentum with more than 10,100 vehicles sold during the quarter and market share increasing 20 basis points to 2.7%.
Year-to-date, sales were up 6% to more than 37,400 vehicles and market share was 2.5%.
The Stelvio continued as leader in its segment with a 12.3% share for the quarter.
Fiat brand sales totaled more than 59,500 vehicles for the quarter and market share was 16.1%.
Year-to-date, brand sales totaled 260,000 vehicles and market share was 17.4%.
The Panda was overall market leader for the quarter and also first in the A segment with a 36.9% share. The 500 was fourth overall and second in the A segment. Together, these the two models held a combined 48.5% share of the A segment. The Tipo was leader in the C segment with an 11.5% share, while the 500L continued as one of the best-sellers in its segment with a 25.6% share. The new version of the 500X has already proven popular with customers and ranked among the leaders in its segment with an 11% share. Finally, the Qubo was leader in its segment for the period with a 40% share.
Lancia sales totaled 8,100 vehicles for the quarter and market share was 2.2%.
Year-to-date, sales totaled nearly 35,300 vehicles and market share was 2.4%.
The Ypsilon posted another positive result and continued as one of the best-selling vehicles in the Italian B segment.
The Abarth Racing Weekend – Rally in Romania and Speed on the Track in Monza
Romanians Florin Tincescu and Alina Pop will be competing in the Sibiu Rally with the Abarth 124 rally.
The spectacle of the Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione and the Abarth 500 Assetto Corse will be landing in the "temple of speed" in Monza.
An exciting weekend is in hold for the drivers of the Abarth 124 rally Selenia International Challenge and of the Abarth Selenia Trophy on the track.
Romanians Florin Tincescu and Alina Pop will be taking part in the Sibiu Rally, valid for the Romanian Championship, that starts today. The young Romanian driver has scored many excellent results in absolute terms with the Bernini Team Abarth 124 rally this season: four R-GT category wins, third place in the overall ranking in the Harghita Rally and fourth place in the overall ranking in the Transylvania Rally. The Sibiu Rally will be starting in Sibiu today at 1.30 p.m. and will end on Sunday, October 7 at 1.19 p.m., after a total of 634 kilometres, with 13 special stages and 123 kilometres timed.
Meanwhile, the sixth and penultimate round of the Abarth Selenia Trophy season, with the spectacular Abarth 695 Assetto Corse Evoluzione and the Abarth 500 Assetto Corse competing the tenth single-brand championship, will be staged on the Monza racing circuit in Italy.
The duel between the Italian and Scandinavian drivers that characterized the first part of the season will be repeated in the "temple of speed". Leading the general ranking is the defending champion Cosimo Barberini from Italy, strong of six wins that earned him a score of 193 points, against the 178 of Finn Juuso Pajuranta, with three wins under his belt. In third place is young Italian Andrea Mabellini (1 win, 141 points), ahead of Swede Robin Appelqvist (102 points).
The programme of the weekend in Monza sees the qualifiers at 12.15 pm on Saturday, October 6. The two races will be held on Sunday at 9 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. respectively and will be broadcast live on Sportitalia (channel 60 DVTT in Italy).
Many members of the Scorpionship, the official Abarth community, will be watching the race in Monza. They are invited to experience the competition in close contact with the teams and drivers in the paddock and even the pit lane before each race starts.