‘A Tale of Two Hurricanes’ for September Car Sales

Major automakers on Tuesday posted a hefty drop in U.S. new vehicle sales for September, caused in part by a decline in sales in areas hit by Hurricane Florence and a tough comparison to the previous September when consumers rushed to replace vehicles damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles bucked the trend for the month, reporting a 15-percent jump in U.S. sales, led by increases in sales of its lucrative Jeeps-especially its Cherokee and Compass models-and Ram pickup trucks.

Sales in September 2017 were boosted by major replacement demand for water-damaged vehicles following Hurricane Harvey, which had flooded parts of southeastern Texas in August that year…

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