Chrysler Group, on Wednesday said its U.S. sales rose 44 percent, to 101,149 vehicles in January.
It was the automaker’s best January in four years, and the report came on a day when Chrysler saidit had a 2011 profit of $183 million, its first annual gain since emerging from bankruptcy in 2009.
In addition, this is Chrysler’s 22nd-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains and all brands increased sales, led by an 81% hike in sales for the Chrysler brand.
Sales for the Dodge brand advanced 29% while sales for the Jeep brand gained 37%. The namesake line’s sales increased 81%.
“We started the new year with a bang by growing sales 44%,” said Reid Bigland, head of the Dodge brand and U.S. Sales.
“In January we continued building on the sales momentum that we generated during 2011 with our 16 all-new or significantly-refreshed products.”
Light-vehicle sales in January may have run at a 13.4 million seasonally adjusted annual rate, the average estimate of 14 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.