Sedans are Dead: Jeep Wrangler Outsold the Honda Accord, Civic and Toyota Corolla in April [News]

2018 Jeep Wrangler posts second straight best sales month
For the second straight month, the Jeep Wrangler broke sales records, selling nearly 30,000 units in April 2018. [Photo: FCA]

Last month, the Jeep Wrangler was the fifth best-selling vehicle in the U.S.

The car-buying public is crazy about the Jeep Wrangler, and its sales numbers continue to build in April 2018. Last month, we reported the Wrangler’s best sales month ever, with 27,829 units. That record didn’t last long, as it once again had its best sales month ever in April. How many Wranglers did you all buy? FCA reported 29,776 Wranglers sold last month – a whopping 58% increase over this time last year.

Jeep’s new Wrangler JL is responsible for that momentum, as is the enduring JK model, whose production just ceased last week. Not only was it Jeep’s best selling model, it was the fifth best-selling car in America. Once the most popular nameplates in America, the Honda Accord and Civic as well as the Toyota Corolla fell before the Jeep Wrangler in April 2018. The Toyota Camry beat the Wrangler by a mere 72 cars. Seventy-two. That’s it.

When the Jeep Wrangler nearly outsold the Toyota Camry – which has stood as one of America’s best-selling models for 20 years – you truly know where sedans are heading.

Jeep sets new April sales record, but…there is a but

While Jeep sales weren’t as strong in April as they were in March, the brand did beat its last April sales record set in 2016. Back then, the brand shifted 82,537 units. This month, Jeep sold 82,641 cars.

The Wrangler has sold well over these past couple months, but it’s unclear whether that momentum will continue throughout the rest of 2018. The JL did just launch, so Jeep’s enjoying a surge in sales while the new product’s hot. The Wrangler outsold the Honda Accord, Civic, and Toyota Corolla individually, but it also benefits from the JK and the JL being on sale at the same time.

FCA did invest heavily in their Toledo, Ohio plant to produce the new Jeep Wrangler JL alongside the JT “Jeep Truck”, which will replace the JK on the production line. It’s too soon to tell whether the sales streak will continue. However, since the company did bump its capacity to accommodate demand for the JK. So the JL may soon have to make due on its own, but FCA may well be able to keep up with the demand.

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