Backed by particularly strong demand for Dodge and Ram products, the Chrysler Group sold 166,596 vehicles last month, representing an increase of 11 percent. It was the automaker’s highest May sales volume since 2007 and included some impressive benchmarks for both the company as a whole and two of its top performers.
“Our best May sales in six years enabled us to extend our sales streak to 38-consecutive months of year-over-year sales gains,” said Reid Bigland, head of U.S. Sales. “We continue to see strong retail sales throughout our product lineup as eight Chrysler Group vehicles set sales records in May, including the best sales ever by the Jeep Wrangler and Compass.”
Unsurprisingly, Jeep was one of four of the Chrysler Group’s five brands to finish May in the black, although it was a close call. The four-wheel-friendly division delivered 44,419 units last month, for a 1 percent increase that matched the growth rate at Fiat, which posted 4,051 sales. But as mentioned, it was Dodge and Ram doing most of the heavy lifting here; the former’s 56,407 May sales represented a jump of 23 percent, while the latter benefited from 32,649 sales to see a 24 percent improvement.
The only Chrysler Group brand not to see May sales growth, oddly enough, was Chrysler (with 29,070 sales, down 2 percent).
May Auto Sales: Chrysler Group Sales Stars
Growing sales the fastest in May for the Chrysler Group were:
- 2013 Jeep Compass—5,276 sales, up 42 percent and an all-time sales record
- 2013 Jeep Wrangler—16,272 sales, a 13 percent advance and an all-time sales record
- 2013 Jeep Patriot—6,636 sales and a 13 percent increase
- 2013 Jeep Grand Cherokee—16,034 sales, up 21 percent
- 2013 Dodge Charger—8,270 sales, for a 23 percent gain
- 2013 Dodge Challenger, 5,537 sales, +15 percent and a May sales record
- 2013 Dodge Journey—6,663 sales, reflecting a 15 percent improvement an a volume record for May
- 2013 Dodge Durango—4,759 sales that were 24 percent more than in the same month last year
- 2013 Ram Pickup—The automaker’s top-selling vehicle with 31,672 sales, record May sales and a 22 percent growth rate
Also setting monthly sales records in May, albeit just barely, were the Fiat 500 (4,051 sales, +1 percent), Chrysler 200 (13,278 sales, an increase of 28 units), and Dodge Avenger (10,691 sales, an improvement of 10 units).
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