That’s 3 for 3, a perfect score, batting a thousand. With news that the Chrysler Group sold more vehicles in January than the same month a year earlier, all three “domestics” (we know Chrysler’s not one of our own anymore, but old habits die hard) posted a rise in sales last month. The Chrysler Group as a whole saw sales rise five percent on total volume of 155,465 units, with the Chrysler brand itself going up 16 percent over last year, Jeep up eight percent and Dodge down a mere two percent.

Individual performers that deserve recognition include the Chrysler 300 with sales of 12,746 units, an increase of 26 percent over last year. The surprise player here was the PT Cruiser, which for some reason saw sales jump 45 percent over last year with 11,406 units driving off dealer lots in January.

You’ve heard the chorus before, but Chrysler’s car division led the way with an increase in sales of 20 percent over last year. Sales of its trucks and SUV’s remained flat.

Check out the full press release and unfiltered numbers after the jump…

[Source: Chrysler] Chrysler Group Reports U.S. Sales for January 2006 Rise 5 Percent
 
  • Chrysler Brand Sales Increase 16 Percent
  • Chrysler 300 Sales Continue Segment-Leading Sales Dominance; 20th Month In Excess of 10,000 Units Sold
  • Chrysler PT Cruiser Zips to 45 Percent Sales Increase
  • Jeep® Brand Sales Rise 8 Percent
  • Jeep Wrangler Shows Sales Increase of 2 Percent
  • Minivan Sales Leader Dodge Caravan Posts 18 Percent Sales Gain; Continues Its 22-Year Position as Minivan Sales Leader
 
Auburn Hills, Mich., Feb 1, 2006  -
Positioned to launch a company record of10 all-new products this year, Chrysler Group reported January 2006 U.S. sales increased 5 percent to 155,465 units.  January 2005 sales were 148,111 units.  All figures reported have the same number of selling days this month versus January one year ago.

"We strengthened our leadership position in key segments such as minivans and large cars with our sales in January," said Gary Dilts, Chrysler Group Senior Vice President - Sales.  "Our car business is up 20 percent, and our LX products are up 62 percent.  The Dodge Caliber begins production today and gives us a strong entry into the small car segment with an attractive price starting at $13,985.  We are now a full-time car player."
 
Sales of the Chrysler 300 totaled 12,746 units, an increase of 26 percent over January 2005 sales of 10,112 units and continuing its leading position in the Luxury Large Car segment, eclipsing its closest competitor by a 2-to-1 margin.  January marks the 20th month the Chrysler 300 has surpassed the 10,000 units sold mark since its world introduction in 2004.
 
The still-popular Chrysler PT Cruiser posted sales of 11,406 units, an increase of 45 percent compared to previous year sales of 7,887 units.  The Chrysler PT Cruiser continues to attract new customers because of its versatility, value and fuel economy along with original, cutting-edge styling.  Since its introduction in 2000, the highly popular Chrysler PT Cruiser has sold nearly 975,000 units worldwide.
 
Jeep® brand sales rose 8 percent to 29,773 units in part on the strength of the legendary Jeep Wrangler which posted sales of 3,830 units.
 
Chrysler Group minivan sales continue to be driven by the segment leader Dodge Caravan, which posted sales of 16,273 units, an increase of 18 percent over January 2005 sales of 13,797 units.
 
Dodge Charger sales continue to grow and rose 26 percent month over month to 8,023 units, compared to sales of 7,137 units in December 2005.
 
Dodge Neon sales declined 70 percent to 3,347 units as the unit sells down briskly in preparation for the highly anticipated launch of the Dodge Caliber, which officially began production at the Belvidere Assembly Plant today.
 
"Consumer confidence has increased two consecutive months, interest rates have stabilized and inflation remains in check while other economic indicators are showing positive trends," said Dilts.  "The 10 new products we are launching will be a catalyst for sales growth in a strong and competitive market this year."
 
Chrysler Group finished the month with 550,816 units of inventory, or an 85-day supply.


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