U.S. Auto Sales: Chrysler sales up 11 percent to 140,083 units in October [table] image

Chrysler Group LLC, on Friday said it sold 140,083 new vehicles in the United States during the month of October, an increase of 11 percent compared to October 2012 (126,185 units). It was the best October since 2007.

The increase comes after the U.S. based automaker announced a drop of 4 percent in September because of Labor Day weekend was counted in August figures this year.

“After a choppy start to the beginning of the month, Chrysler Group sales accelerated in the second half of the month with renewed consumer confidence,” Reid Bigland, the company’s U.S. sales chief, said in a statement.

Chrysler, No. 4 in the U.S. auto market by sales sold 23,452 Chrysler brand vehicles, 36,379 Jeep units and 45,314 Dodge models. The Ram P/U model was the bestselling Ram model last month (+ 18 percent). Charger monthly sales rose 60 percent to 7,864 units.

Many analysts are expecting U.S. auto sales rose 12 percent from a year ago, even if the U.S. government was shut down.
Chrysler was the industry leader in terms of incentive spending: over $3,000.

Other automakers including General Motors and Ford are expected to report sales throughout today.