Pacifica sales tumble in US last month after October record

The front grille of the 2018 Chrysler Pacifica minivan at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, January 15, 2018. Photo by Mark Brown/Blackburn News.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is reporting that American sales of the Windsor-built Chrysler Pacifica minivan took a big hit in November.

FCA said Pacifica sales dropped 35 per cent last month compared to November of 2017. The automaker added that just over 8,500 Pacificas were sold last month compared to more than 13,000 sold during the same period a year ago.

Chrysler Pacifica sales had the best October ever with record sales jumping 22 per cent to 9,277 minivans sold in the U.S. that month.

However, the monthly sales report released by FCA on Monday showed that year to date sales of the Pacifica are up two per cent so far this year compared to the first 11 months of last year. The report showed that just over 109,000 Pacifica minivans have been sold so far this year compared to just over 107,000 during the same period last year.

The U.S. sales are the ones that Windsor area workers are keeping a close eye on because Canadian sales are a small fraction of what is sold in the U.S. FCA figures show that more Pacificas are currently sold in America in one month than the entire year in Canada.

Pacifica sales in Canada have steadily declined over the last few months after breaking records in June and July.