Chrysler’s sales in the US increased in June for the 39th consecutive month.
“We will achieve our 39th consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth,” Reid Bigland, Chrysler’s head of U.S. sales, told reporters today at the automaker’s proving grounds here. “We’ve seen it pretty consistent. I would say good, not weak, not great, just kind of good, in the month of June.”
It seems that the automaker’s redesigned Ram pickups, Jeep SUVs and the new Dodge Dart have managed to considerably increase sales. From January to May, Chrysler’s sales in the US increased 9%, surpassing the industrywide increase of 7.3%. Ram pickup sales rose 23% during the first five months of the year, close to GM’s and Ford’s large pickup sales.
For Chrysler, GM and Ford pickups are the main source of profit, and sales in this segment were helped by housing recovery and a record energy production. Fiat, Chrysler’s owners, relies on the US automaker’s profit to offset losses in the crisis-affected Europe. This week Chrysler has also began production of its 2014 Jeep Cherokee at the Toledo plant, in Ohio, and it will reach dealers in the US in August.