Chrysler U.S. sales up 12 percent in September, strong increases from Dodge and Fiat image

Chrysler Group sales rose 12 percent in the U.S. in September, boosted by a 27-percent increase in car deliveries and solid performance at the Fiat and Dodge brands.

Chrysler sold 142,041 vehicles this September, up from 127,336 units in September 2011. Fiat reported a sales increase of 51 percent in September with the 500, while Dodge deliveries rose 18 percent, Chrysler announced today.

Sales of Chrysler-branded vehicles increased 5 percent, while Jeep and Ram sales rose by 10 percent and 4 percent respectively. Chrysler Group’s truck deliveries also rose 6 percent last month.

It was the best September sales since 2007 for Chrysler and the 30th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases. Chrysler also posted third-quarter sales up 13 percent versus same quarter a year ago.

Dodge Dart sales increased 72 percent in September to 5,235 units, while the Avenger achieved its record with a 89 percent sales increase compared with the same month a year ago.

Other standout models in September were the flagship Jeep Grand Cherokee with sales up 19 percent, and the Dodge Grand Caravan with a sales gain of 32 percent.

Chrysler Group finished the month with a 65-days supply of inventory (369,144 units). U.S. industry sales figures for September are projected at an estimated 14.9 million units Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR).