Stellantis rode a wave of Dodge Ram sales for a second-quarter sales surge across the global auto manufacturer’s offerings.
The company recently reported a nearly one-third increase in sales in the U.S., compared with the same three-month period last year. Ram sales were up by 47%, the largest increase across brands, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Stellanits was formed in January as a result of the merger between Peugeot and Fiat Chrysler. The comparison to last year’s sales numbers is based on brands the company sells in the United States: Jeep, Ram, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Alfa Romeo and Maserati.
Several of those brands saw a sales leap in the second quarter. Dodge sales were up by 42%, while Chrysler (36%), Alfa Romeo (34%) and Jeep (19%) all jumped by double-digits.
The numbers come as Stellantis and other manufacturers grapple with production strains caused by the global semiconductor shortage.
“The recovering U.S. economy and continued strong demand for our products drove unprecedented results,” U.S. Head of Sales Jeff Kommor said in a news release. “We continue to work closely with our suppliers to mitigate the manufacturing impacts caused by the various supply chain issues facing our industry.”
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The Stellantis sales surge comes as the world’s largest auto manufacturers continue to struggle to ensure that their cars are actually safe to drive.
Stellantis recently recalled 20,000 Ram pickup trucks that it said are at risk of engine fires, for example. Last year, it recalled more than 160,000 Dodge Ram pickups because of a potential snafu with the vehicles’ adjustable pedals.
The good news for California car owners is that you do not have to wait for a recall to get your vehicles fixed. The state’s lemon law offers some important rights and protections.
The California lemon law requires carmakers to perform a broad range of repairs on vehicles while they are under warranty. The law also obligates auto manufacturers to buy back cars that the companies are not able or unwilling to fix. That includes covering the purchase price and reimbursing the owner for financing costs and other expenses.
In some cases, a manufacturer can instead offer to replace the vehicle. It is up to the owner, however, to decide whether to accept or reject this alternative arrangement.
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