Strong Jeep sales drive Fiat Chrysler's 8 percent US sales increase in June

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Fiat Chrysler says its U.S. sales rose 8 percent last month for the company's best June in nine years.

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The results are a sign that the auto industry will post another strong month in June compared to a year ago. The car buying site TrueCar.com expects sales overall to rise 6 percent to over 1.5 million cars and trucks. All automakers report June sales on Wednesday.

Fiat Chrysler was led by the Jeep brand, which posted a 25 percent sales increase as America's infatuation with SUVs continued. The brand sold almost 5,000 Renegades, a brand-new subcompact SUV. Jeep Cherokee small SUV sales were up 39 percent.

In all, Fiat Chrysler sold just over 185,000 vehicles compared with 171,000 a year ago.