FCA sales up, but overall US auto sales expected to fall slightly in May

A Jeep Wrangler at a Chrysler Jeep dealership
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A Jeep Wrangler at a Chrysler Jeep dealership

Fiat Chrysler says its U.S. sales rose 4 percent in May on strong demand for its Jeep and Ram brands.

FCA's sales totaled 202,227 vehicles. It was the company's best May since 2005.

Jeep sales rose 13 per cent. The brand is benefiting from U.S. buyers' shift from cars to SUVs. Jeep Cherokee SUV sales rose 23 per cent in May, and the new Renegade SUV also sold well.

Ram brand sales jumped 12 per cent. Sales of FCA's bestseller, the Ram pickup, rose 8 per cent, while sales of Ram's ProMaster van more than doubled.

Chrysler brand sales rose on strong demand for the 200 sedan. Dodge and Fiat brand sales fell.

Automakers report May sales Tuesday. Overall sales are expected to fall slightly from last May, when sales hit a nine-year high.