Jeep was hot, RAM sold the bulk of the metal. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – April 3, 2018 2019 RAM 1500 Tradesman Pricing starts at $33,340 including the $1,645 D&H charge. The 2019 Ram 1500 Tradesman is available as a Quad or Crew Cab with two bed lengths: Quad with a 6 ft., 4 in. bed, or Crew w/ 5 ft. 7 in. or optional 6 ft. 4 in. bed. Regarding the drivetrain, the one we are most interested in is the one that makes the most sense. That being the standard 3.6L Pentastar V6 with eTorque mild hybrid system, as a 4x2 or 4x4. In addition, the all-new 2019 Ram 1500 weight has been reduced by 225 pounds. Standard features include a standard Class III trailer hitch, lighted, above-bumper four- and seven-pin trailer connector, Uconnect 5.0 with five-inch screen and hands-free calling, one-year of SiriusXM, single 12-volt auxiliary power outlet, three USB ports, one auxiliary port and auto headlamps. Vinyl or cloth 40/20/40 split bench seats with six-passenger capability and either vinyl or carpeted flooring are a consumer choice. The 2019 Ram 1500 also features an independent multi-link rear coil suspension that weighs 40 pounds less than a leaf-spring configuration. I have not driven it but those that have say it is less harsh yet has the same capability. Also available is Ram’s exclusive four corner air suspension system. Other standard equipment includes 160-amp alternator, 3.21 rear axle ratio, 730-amp maintenance-free battery, black grille and black steel bumpers, cargo bed lamp, front and rear Frequency Response Damping (FRD) shock absorbers, rear view camera, tilt and telescoping steering column, halogen headlamps, locking tailgate, power door locks, power windows, remote keyless entry and a theft-deterrent system. All 2019 Ram trucks come with a five-year, 60,000-mile powertrain warranty. FCA March 2018 U.S. Auto Sales FCA reported it sold 216,063 vehicles in the United States in March, up 13.6 percent over the 190,254 sold in March of 2017. Sales were up 13.6 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis in which there were 28 selling days in March of 2018 vs. 27 in March of 2017. FCA’s YTD sales of 514,769 were up 0.8 percent above the 510,798 sold through the same period of 2017. Sales were down 1.8 percent on a DSR basis with 77 selling days in 2018 vs. 75 through the same period of 2017. Total sales were the highest since March 2006. Fleet accounted for 25 percent of those sales. FCA March and 1Q Sales Highlights In March, the brands highlight Jeep as sales were up 45 percent, its best month in history. The Jeep Wrangler achieved a new monthly sales record of 27,829 vehicles, up 70.4 percent over the 16,336 sold in March of 2017. YTD sales of 55,504 were up 34.4 percent over the 41,311 sold through the same period of 2017. Jeep Wrangler Concept Rendering Jeep Cherokee sales of 23,764 were up 62.9 percent over the 14,589 sold in March of 2017. This result was also a best March result in history. YTD sales of 50,610 were up 24.2 percent over the 40,755 sold through the same period of 2017. Ram pickup sales of 41,307 was down 10.9 percent below the 46,384 sold in March of 2017. YTD sales of 103,964 was down 12.8 percent below the 119,199 sold through the same period of 2016. The new 2019 Ram 1500 pickup is now in dealership showrooms. Top 10 March 2018 sales items of note: The well accepted Equinox continues to outsell the perennial leading CR-V. B and C-Segment March 2018 sales items of note: The Sonic had a poor showing into the end of last year but that has since subsided as discounts continue to move it back to a more prominent position in the B-segment. Remember it used to hold on to the #2 spot behind the Versa for months on end just a few years ago. The all-new and imho, best B-segment available, all-new 2018 Accent continues to flounder since its release. D and Utility-Segment March 2018 sales items of note: Other than the up and coming 5-series, there is a lot of blank ink in the D-Segment. The all-new Camry is holding its own while most of the segment continues to see sales declines as perspective purchasers continue to move to the CUV where double digit gains show across much of the top 10 in that segment. In the Crossover segment, Rogue has held onto its #1 position and #3 overall position through the1Q ahead of RAM pickups. That is saying something! Pickup-Segment March 2018 sales items of note: There really is no change other than the sheer volume of Pickups’ sold. The F-Series has outsold 12 of the top 18 manufactures by its lonesome. Electrified-Segment March 2018 sales items of note: With a slow January start, Ford has placed a lot of $s behind its Fusion Hybrid and its sales volume again dominates the HEV segment placing the strong RAV4 and fading Prius behind. The Camry Hybrid although not moving beyond its stagnant 5th spot within the HEV Top 10, the positive sales results bode well for continued success of the most efficient midsize available today. On the electric front, the Prius Prime PHEV now accounts for 41.8 percent of the Prius liftback sales. Given the lower cost and plug-in capability, is it any wonder? Tesla, Honda, FCA, and Kia do not supply HEV/PHEV/BEV monthly sales breakouts. U.S. Automobile March 2018 vs. March 2017 Market Share Comparison March 2018 Market Share items of note: GM market share was up an extremely strong 1.3 percent compared to March of 2017. On the downside, Ford was down .6 percent, Hyundai was down 0.8 percent, and Nissan was down a steep 1.1 percent. U.S. March 2018 Sales vs. March 2017 Sales Ranks and Results for the top 18 Automobile Manufacturers GM March 2018 Sales: 296,341 vehicles sold, up 15.7 percent above the 256,224 sold in March of 2017 Ford March 2018 Sales: 244,306 vehicles sold, up 3.4 percent above the 236,250 sold in March of 2017 Toyota March 2018 Sales: 222,782 vehicles sold, up 3.5 percent over the 215,224 sold in March of 2017 FCA March 2018 Sales: 216,063 vehicles sold, up 13.6 percent above the 190,254 sold in March of 2017 Nissan March 2018 Sales: 162,535 vehicles sold, down 3.7 percent below the 168,832 sold in March of 2017 Honda March 2018 Sales: 142,392 vehicles sold, up 3.8 percent above the 137,227 sold in March of 2017 Hyundai March 2018 Sales: 61,540 vehicles sold, down 11.2 percent below the 69,265 sold in March of 2017 Subaru March 2018 Sales: 58,097 vehicles sold, up 5.9 percent above the 54,871 sold in March of 2017 Kia March 2018 Sales: 50,645 vehicles sold, up 2.5 percent above the 49,429 sold in March of 2017 BMW March 2018 Sales: 35,842 vehicles sold, down 0.4 percent below the 36,002 sold in March of 2017 Mazda March 2018 Sales: 33,302 vehicles sold, up 35.7 percent above the 24,549 sold in March of 2017 VW March 2018 Sales: 32,548 vehicles sold, up 17.8 percent above the 27,635 sold in March of 2017 Mercedes-Benz March 2018 Sales: 31,484 vehicles sold, down 2.7 percent below the 32,352 sold in March of 2017 Audi March 2018 Sales: 20,090 vehicles sold, up 7.4 percent above the 18,705 sold in March of 2017 Mitsubishi March 2018 Sales: 14,319 vehicles sold, up 21.7 percent over the 11,766 sold in March of 2017 Jaguar/Land Rover March 2018 Sales: 14,232 vehicles sold, up 10.2 percent above the 12,918 sold in March of 2017 Volvo March 2018 Sales: 8,233 vehicles sold, up 53.7 percent above the 5,356 sold in March of 2017 Porsche March 2018 Sales: 4,756 vehicles sold, up 6.2 percent above the 4,479 sold in March of 2017 Manufacturer ranking Items of note: Hyundai moved back ahead of Subaru despite a double digit negative monthly result. BMW, Mazda, and VW moved ahead of Mercedes-Benz with Mazda and VW achieving double digit sales volumes gains in March. Audi has sold 20,000 U.S. vehicles for just the fourth time and first ever for a March result. March 2018 U.S. Automotive industry sales of 1.649 million was up 6.3 percent vs. the 1.551 million sold in March of 2017. On a Daily Selling Rate basis with 28 selling days in March 2018 vs, 27 in March of 2017, sales were still up a healthy 2.6 percent. 2018 YTD sales of 4.09 million is up .08 million or 2 percent over the 4.01 million sold through the same period of 2017. March 2018 automotive industry seasonally annual adjusted rate (SAAR) reached 16.8 million.