Chrysler Group’s December U.S. sales up 10 percent, 21 percent increase for the year image

Chrysler Group LLC today reported U.S. sales of 152, 367 units, a 10 percent increase compared with sales in December 2011 (138,019 units).

It was also the group’s best December sales since 2007.

The Chrysler, Dodge, Ram Truck and FIAT brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in December compared with the same month last year. The best performer in December was the FIAT brand, with an increase of 59 percent. December also marked Chrysler Group’s 33rd-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains.

For the entire year, Chrysler Group sales reached 1,651,787 units, up 21 percent compared with sales in 2011. The Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram Truck and FIAT brands each recorded significant sales gains during 2012 compared with sales in the previous year. The Jeep brand’s 13 percent sales increase in the U.S. helped push its global sales to an all-time record in 2012. Seven Chrysler Group models set annual sales records in 2012.

The all-new Dodge Dart played a big role in Chrysler Group’s 10 percent sales increase in December. Dart sales were up 36 percent month-over-month in December, the compact car’s best monthly sales performance since it went on sale in June.

Also contributing to Chrysler Group’s 10 percent increase were the Fiat 500, Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Challenger, Dodge Journey, and Ram Cargo Van, each setting a sales record for the month of December. The Jeep Grand Cherokee recorded its best sales performance of the year in December.