Chrysler US sales up 40% in February image

Chrysler Group LLC says its U.S. sales rose 40 percent last month as all its brands posted strong gains.

The company, majority-owned by Fiat SpA (FIA.MI) said delivers in February rose to 133,521 cars and light trucks from 95,102 a year earlier, Auburn, Michigan-based Chrysler said today in a statement. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg was for a 26 percent gain.

“Our product portfolio now contains some of the most fuel-efficient vehicles in our company’s history, driving our sales up 40 percent in February,” Chrysler’s U.S. sales chief Reid Bigland said.

“A few years ago, higher fuel prices were a major threat to our total vehicle sales, whereas today those higher prices have become far less of an issue.

Sales of the Chrysler 200 midsize sedan more than quadrupled, while the tiny Fiat 500 had its best sales month ever. Ram pickup sales rose 21 percent.

Other automakers will report February sales gains throughout the day.
On average, 38 analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expect February sales to hit an annualized pace of 14 million vehicles.

Chrysler Group LLC U.S. Sales Summary Thru February 2012
Month Sales
Vol %
Sales CYTD
Vol %
Model
Curr Yr
Pr Yr
Change
Curr Yr
Pr Yr
Change
500
3,227
0
New
5,138
0
New
FIAT BRAND
3,227
0
New
5,138
0
New
200
9,717
2,342
315%
16,724
3,130
434%
Sebring
0
658
-100%
0
1,352
-100%
300
7,670
1,323
480%
12,630
2,652
376%
PT Cruiser
0
401
-100%
0
743
-100%
Town & Country
9,621
7,904
22%
15,258
14,456
6%
CHRYSLER BRAND
27,008
12,628
114%
44,612
22,333
100%
Compass
2,780
2,267
23%
5,120
3,690
39%
Patriot
5,120
4,153
23%
9,086
7,605
19%
Wrangler
9,319
7,636
22%
17,215
14,080
22%
Liberty
7,369
5,896
25%
14,194
9,948
43%
Grand Cherokee
12,724
8,667
47%
23,407
16,279
44%
Commander
0
0
0%
0
96
-100%
JEEP BRAND
37,312
28,619
30%
69,022
51,698
34%
Caliber
1,847
3,445
-46%
2,996
5,857
-49%
Avenger
6,570
3,477
89%
12,267
5,794
112%
Charger
7,324
3,263
124%
12,861
5,325
142%
Challenger
3,669
3,227
14%
6,220
5,753
8%
Viper
0
10
-100%
20
72
-72%
Journey
6,248
4,884
28%
10,474
8,857
18%
Caravan
12,668
10,555
20%
20,762
18,368
13%
Nitro
931
1,969
-53%
2,090
3,919
-47%
Durango
3,435
2,731
26%
6,456
3,930
64%
DODGE  BRAND
42,692
33,561
27%
74,146
57,875
28%
Dakota
139
1,650
-92%
294
2,473
-88%
Ram P/U
22,595
18,644
21%
40,504
30,841
31%
Cargo Van
548
0
New
954
0
New
RAM BRAND
23,282
20,294
15%
41,752
33,314
25%
TOTAL CHRYSLER GROUP LLC
133,521
95,102
40%
234,670
165,220
42%
TOTAL CAR
40,024
17,745
126%
68,856
29,935
130%
TOTAL TRUCK
93,497
77,357
21%
165,814
135,285
23%