US Auto Sales: Chrysler 27 percent up in September image

Chrysler Group on Monday said U.S. sales in September were up 27 percent compared with sales in September 2010 (100,077 units), and the best September sales since 2007.

The automaker sold 127,334 cars and trucks in the U.S. last month, the company said today in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The average of seven analysts surveyed by Bloomberg was for a 20 percent increase.

Chrysler Group’s 27 percent sales increase was driven by retail sales that were up 50 percent. Chrysler Group has beaten the average industry sales increase in eight of nine months this year.

Models that significantly contributed to the group’s 27 percent increase included the Chrysler 200 mid-size and Chrysler 300 full-size sedans, Jeep® Wrangler, Jeep Compass, Dodge Journey crossover, Ram pickup truck, and the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans.

Jeeps also did well. Sales of the Jeep Compass more than tripled, while Wrangler sales surged 47 percent. Demand for the Dodge Ram pickup rose 45 percent.

September had 25 selling days, the same as a year ago.

Chrysler finished the month with a 54-day supply of inventory. It also estimated the industry’s U.S. sales in September at a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 13.2 million.

Chrysler Group LLC U.S. Sales Summary Thru September 2011
Month Sales Vol % Sales CYTD Vol %
Model Curr Yr Pr Yr Change Curr Yr Pr Yr Change
500 2,773 0 New 13,861 0 New
FIAT BRAND 2,773 0 New 13,861 0 New
200 8,709 0 New 58,550 0 New
Sebring 0 4,651 -100% 2,380 33,606 -100%
300 4,445 2,961 50% 23,376 29,111 -20%
PT Cruiser 0 735 -100% 1,328 7,863 -83%
Aspen 0 0 0% 0 30 0%
Town & Country 10,405 9,001 16% 71,917 87,493 -18%
CHRYSLER BRAND 23,559 17,348 36% 157,551 158,103 0%
Compass 4,422 1,090 306% 34,013 14,309 138%
Patriot 3,812 3,641 5% 42,653 28,468 50%
Wrangler 11,388 7,765 47% 91,928 71,623 28%
Liberty 5,363 4,865 10% 49,325 37,189 33%
Grand Cherokee 10,580 10,915 -3% 85,769 48,177 78%
Commander 0 327 -100% 105 7,780 -99%
JEEP BRAND 35,565 28,603 24% 303,793 207,546 46%
Caliber 2,552 4,917 -48% 30,590 36,749 -17%
Avenger 4,610 5,022 -8% 45,028 41,702 8%
Charger 6,794 8,812 -23% 54,153 67,206 -19%
Challenger 3,328 3,138 6% 30,157 27,782 9%
Viper 6 49 -88% 144 313 -54%
Journey 5,402 4,198 29% 41,706 38,355 9%
Caravan 10,203 8,057 27% 85,830 74,954 15%
Nitro 2,255 2,032 11% 18,753 15,833 18%
Durango 4,923 47 10374% 39,080 125 31164%
DODGE  BRAND 40,073 36,272 10% 345,441 303,019 14%
Dakota 708 960 -26% 10,657 10,410 2%
Ram P/U 24,522 16,887 45% 177,974 140,889 26%
Cargo Van 134 0 New 134 0 New
Sprinter 0 7 -100% 0 253 -100%
RAM BRAND 25,364 17,854 42% 188,765 151,552 25%
TOTAL CHRYSLER GROUP LLC 127,334 100,077 27% 1,009,411 820,220 23%
TOTAL CAR 33,217 29,550 12% 258,239 236,469 9%
TOTAL TRUCK 94,117 70,527 33% 751,172 583,751 29%
Selling Days 25 25 229 228