January Auto Sales: Chrysler Group Opens 2013 with 16 Percent Sales Advance
Company Scores Best January Results in Five Years
It’s yet another month of volume gains for the Chrysler Group, which lifted deliveries by a further 16 percent in January and sold 117,731 vehicles. Yes, the Jeep division did endure a slight decline in sales last month—with deliveries down 4 percent—but the company’s other four brands all finished January with advances of more than 10 percent: Dodge was the big winner, with a 37 percent jump in sales, followed closely by Fiat (+31 percent), and then Chrysler (up 18 percent) and Ram (moving ahead by 14 percent).
The company also saw five vehicles set January sales records, including the 2013 FIAT 500, 2013 Chrysler 200, 2013 Dodge Charger, 2013 Dodge Challenger and the 2013 Dodge Journey—with the latter vehicle claiming its highest monthly sales total ever.
“It’s been a good week for the Chrysler Group. On Wednesday we announced full year 2012 profits of $1.7 billion and followed that today with our January sales, up 16 percent, marking our 34th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth,” said Reid Bigland, head of U.S. Sales for the automaker. “Entering 2013 our product portfolio has never been stronger with our new Ram truck picking up both the 2013 Motor Trend and the North American ‘Truck of the Year’ awards, and the introduction of our new 30 mpg highway Jeep Grand Cherokee equipped with our new EcoDiesel engine.”