As the U.S. auto industry surged out of the post-recession blues toward record high sales in calendar year 2015, the volume produced by Fiat Chrysler's Jeep brand grew far faster.
Jeep sold only 419,349 new vehicles in calendar year 2011, a four-year high but only enough to earn 3.3% of all U.S. new vehicle sales. Americans registered fewer than 13 million new vehicles in 2011. The Wrangler and best-selling Grand Cherokee generated six out of every ten Jeep sales.
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Fast forward to 2015, when Jeep sales broke the brand's one-year-old U.S. sales record, and Jeep's market share had rocketed to 5.0%. One out of every 20 new vehicles purchased or leased in America in calendar year 2015 was a Jeep.
The U.S. auto industry's total volume increased 37% between 2011 and 2015. Jeep volume shot up 106% during the same five-year period.
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Records were also set by the Compass and Patriot, with the latter topping 100,000 sales for the first time.
Plus, Jeep added 60,946 Renegade sales in the final ten months of the year.
Compared with 2014, U.S. sales of SUVs and crossovers jumped 16% in 2015. The Jeep brand's 25% year-over-year increase easily exceeded the rate of improvement reported by the sector in which every Jeep competes.
Jeep wasn't the only SUV brand to post impressive results. Land Rover, the only SUV-only purveyor of luxury vehicles, likewise reported record U.S. auto sales in calendar year 2015. Sales at Land Rover USA increased 85% between 2011 and 2015.
Timothy Cain is the founder of GoodCarBadCar.net, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.