Chrysler Models Sales Rise 20 Percent in June


AUBURN HILLS — Chrysler Tuesday reported U.S. sales of 144,811 units, a 20 percent increase compared with sales in June 2011 of 120,394 units, and the group’s best June sales since 2007.

The Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram Truck, and FIAT brands each posted sales increases in June compared with the same month a year ago. Chrysler Group recorded its 27th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains in June. Chrysler’s second-quarter sales were up 24 percent versus the same period last year.

The FIAT brand set a sales record for the fifth-consecutive month and the brand’s 122 percent year-over-year sales gain was the largest percentage increase of any Chrysler Group brand in June. More Fiat 500 vehicles were sold during the first six months of this year than during all of 2011.

The 2013 Dodge Dart compact car has started to arrive in dealership showrooms across the country. The first sales of the Dart are included in the June sales table.

“June was another solid month for the Chrysler Group with U.S. sales up 20 percent and second-quarter sales increasing 24 percent compared with the same period in 2011,” said Reid Bigland, president and CEO — Dodge Brand and head of U.S. sales. “June also marked our 27th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth. Continuous improvement remains a key focus at Chrysler as we have steadily increased sales, improved quality, added production and created jobs.”

Also contributing to Chrysler’s 20 percent increase was the Chrysler 300 flagship sedan with a 179 percent gain. The Chrysler Town & Country minivan and Jeep Grand Cherokee each logged sales increases of more than 30 percent while the Ram pickup truck, with its 12 percent increase, recorded its 26th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains  June since 2007.

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