CARS.COM — Shoppers piled into the Ram pickup truck in September to drive Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ popular nameplate up 29.2 percent. The Ram was the country’s No. 2 best-seller in September, a spot it hasn’t held since March 2014. It wasn’t the only change at the top: The Toyota Corolla gained 15.3 percent to land as the month’s best-selling non-pickup. It’s the first time the Corolla has held that title since January 2015.
Both vehicles had sales gains despite no clear spike in year-over-year cash rebates, according to Automotive News. What’s more, the Corolla’s gains came despite shoppers shunning compact cars all year long. Sales for traditional non-luxury compacts declined 1.5 percent year-over-year in September; they’ve fallen eight out of nine months in 2016. The refreshed-for-2017 Corolla is an exception and that model is in rising supply: As of today, the 2017 model accounts for about a third of new-Corolla inventory on Cars.com.
One sales asterisk: In September, Toyota began grouping sales for the Scion iM — rebadged as the Corolla iM after Scion’s demise — into Corolla sales, much like it used to do with the Matrix hatchback. Absent the smattering of iM purchases, the Corolla sedan’s 31,167 sales would have ranked just behind the next-highest Honda CR-V.