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Chrysler Group LLC Reports September 2010 U.S. Sales Increased 61 Percent


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AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Oct. 1, 2010; Chrysler Group LLC today reported U.S. sales of 100,077, a 61 percent increase compared with sales in September 2009 (62,197 units).

September represents the sixth consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases, and the second month this year that Chrysler Group sales exceeded the 100,000-unit threshold. Nearly all Chrysler Group vehicle lines currently in production improved year-over-year sales.

"We will continue to build sales momentum this fall as a slate of new product begins arriving in our dealerships," said Fred Diaz, President and Chief Executive Officer – Ram Truck Brand and Lead Executive for U.S. Sales. "Consumers soon will be able to see more of our all-new and significantly-refreshed vehicles in our dealerships."

The new 2011 Chrysler 200, which replaces the Chrysler Sebring, and the all-new 2011 Dodge Durango sport-utility vehicle will arrive in dealerships during this quarter. Also arriving this quarter are the significantly-refreshed 2011 Jeep® Patriot, 2011 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited, 2011 Chrysler Town & Country and 2011 Dodge Grand Caravan minivans, 2011 Dodge Charger and 2011 Dodge Avenger. Additional new models also will be available during this quarter.

In all, Chrysler Group this year is introducing 16 all-new or significantly- refreshed vehicles representing 75 percent of its nameplates.

Chrysler Group finished the month with a 58-day supply of inventory (231,304 units). U.S. industry sales figures for September are projected at an estimated 11.9 SAAR.

September 2010 U.S. Sales Highlights by Brand

Jeep Brand

The Jeep Brand posted a 65 percent year-over-year increase in September, the best September for sales in three years. The all-new 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee contributed to the increase as its September sales were up 98 percent over August. Total Jeep Grand Cherokee year-over-year sales were up 95 percent in September. Sales of the iconic Jeep Wrangler, the brand's volume leader, increased 29 percent compared with September 2009. Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass also had a strong September as each model posted triple-digit percentage sales increases.

The 2011 Jeep Wrangler models – with all-new interiors – will be arriving this month in greater numbers on dealership lots. The new 2011 Jeep Patriot, the affordable compact sport-utility vehicle, arrives in dealership showrooms this quarter with rugged new exterior styling, interior enhancements, and refinements to the suspension and steering systems.

Ram Truck Brand

The Ram Truck Brand posted a 22 percent sales increase in September, compared with the same month in 2009. Ram pickup truck sales increased 26 percent in September as both light- and heavy-duty pickup truck sales posted double-digit percentage sales increases. Crew Cab and Quad Cab models continue to be the most popular consumer choices. Dodge Dakota sales also were strong last month, up 141 percent compared with September 2009.

The Ram Truck Brand last week unveiled the most luxurious Ram Truck ever produced by the company. Named the Ram Laramie Longhorn edition, the Ram lineup's most well-appointed model is designed for the owner who needs a truck for work or play, but won't settle for anything but the finest quality and refinement. Ram Laramie Longhorn models will go on sale first quarter 2011. Ram Truck officials unveiled the Laramie Longhorn in the heart of Truck Country: the State Fair of Texas. Ram Laramie Longhorn's design cues were taken from traditionally handcrafted, time-tested wares, such as the antique pocket watch, a fine pair of hand-tooled leather cowboy boots, a collector's-grade shotgun or a horseman's saddle. The metal work and leather work are second to none.

Chrysler Brand

The Chrysler Brand posted a 92 percent sales increase in September, compared with the same month in 2009. The Chrysler Town & Country minivan, the brand's volume leader, posted a sales increase of 149 percent in September. Town & Country has posted year-over-year sales increases every month this year. Chrysler Sebring (sedan and convertible) posted a sales increase in the triple digits.

The brand is replacing its full lineup with either all-new or significantly improved vehicles in just the next few months. The new 2011 Chrysler 200 mid-sized sedan, which will replace the Chrysler Sebring, will be arriving in dealership showrooms this quarter offering consumers exceptional craftsmanship inside and out, a refined and spirited driving experience, innovative technology, an abundance of standard safety features and an extraordinary level of standard content. The new 2011 Chrysler Town & Country also arrives in dealerships this quarter. The 2011 minivan offers consumers fresh, sophisticated, styling; a beautifully-crafted interior; improved driving dynamics; a new powertrain; and SafetyTec, a package of 40 standard safety and technology features.

Dodge Brand

The Dodge Brand posted a 71 percent sales increase in September, compared with the same month in 2009. All Dodge models posted sales increases during September. By the end of this year, Dodge Brand will fill dealer showrooms with a vast array of new or updated Dodge products. The all-new 2011 Dodge Durango, a three-row sport-utility vehicle, begins arriving this quarter in dealerships. The 2011 Durango's stiffened unibody structure is engineered with the driving enthusiast in mind. The end result is a vehicle that delivers premium driving performance combined with SUV capability and crossover versatility. Durango will be followed by the all-new Dodge Charger and significantly redesigned Grand Caravan, Journey, Avenger and Challenger with two new powertrains. These products will join Dodge Nitro and Dodge Caliber in dealer showrooms.

September U.S. Sales Highlights

  • Jeep Brand sales (28,603 units) increased 65 percent versus the same month last year (17,287 units), the best September sales in three years
  • Jeep Grand Cherokee sales (10,915 units) improved 95 percent compared with September last year (5,601 units)
  • New 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee sales increased 98 percent over August sales
  • Jeep Wrangler sales (7,765 units) improved 29 percent versus September 2009 (6,002 units)
  • Jeep Liberty sales (4,865 units) increased 79 percent compared with September last year (2,715 units)
  • Jeep Compass (1,090 units) and Jeep Patriot (3,641 units) each posted triple digit percentage year-over-year sales increases
  • Dodge Brand sales (36,272 units) were up 71 percent versus the same month last year (21,215 units)
  • Dodge Caliber sales (4,917 units) posted a percentage sales increase in triple digits
  • Dodge Charger sales (8,812 units) were up 17 percent compared with September 2009 (7,507 units)
  • Dodge Avenger sales (5,022 units) improved 76 percent versus the same month last year (2,859 units)
  • Dodge Challenger sales (3,138 units) were up 76 percent compared with September 2009 (1,778 units)
  • Dodge Journey sales (4,198 units) increased 40 percent versus September last year (2,989 units)
  • Dodge Grand Caravan sales (8,057 units) improved 96 percent compared with September 2009 (4,112 units
  • Dodge Nitro sales (2,032 units) increased 79 percent versus September 2009 (1,135 units)
  • Ram Truck Brand sales (17,854 units) increased 22 percent versus the same month last year (14,649 units
  • Ram pickup truck sales (16,887 units) increased 26 percent in September compared with September 2009 (13,165 units)
  • Ram Heavy Duty pickup truck sales increased 42 percent versus September 2009
  • Dodge Dakota (960 units) posted a triple digit percentage year-over-year sales increase
  • Chrysler Brand sales (17,348 units) improved 92 percent versus the same month last year (9,046 units
  • Chrysler Sebring (sedan and convertible) (4,651 units) posted a triple digit percentage sales increases
  • Chrysler Town & Country minivan sales (9,001 units) improved 149 percent compared with September 2009 (3,611 units)

Chrysler Group LLC U.S. Sales Summary Thru September 2010


Month Sales

Vol %

Sales CYTD

Vol %

Model

Curr Yr

Pr Yr

Change

Curr Yr

Pr Yr

Change

Sebring

4,651

1,451

221%

33,606

17,431

93%

300

2,961

3,411

-13%

29,111

29,322

-1%

Crossfire

0

127

-100%

0

499

-100%

PT Cruiser

735

258

185%

7,863

16,760

-53%

Aspen

0

143

-100%

30

5,852

-99%

Pacifica

0

45

-100%

0

1,955

-100%

Town & Country

9,001

3,611

149%

87,493

61,715

42%

CHRYSLER BRAND

17,348

9,046

92%

158,103

133,534

18%

Compass

1,090

101

979%

14,309

10,025

43%

Patriot

3,641

1,377

164%

28,468

25,596

11%

Wrangler

7,765

6,002

29%

71,623

65,045

10%

Liberty

4,865

2,715

79%

37,189

32,653

14%

Grand Cherokee

10,915

5,601

95%

48,177

39,890

21%

Commander

327

1,491

-78%

7,780

8,843

-12%

JEEP BRAND

28,603

17,287

65%

207,546

182,052

14%

Caliber

4,917

654

652%

36,749

29,814

23%

Avenger

5,022

2,859

76%

41,702

27,331

53%

Charger

8,812

7,507

17%

67,206

46,110

46%

Challenger

3,138

1,778

76%

27,782

18,878

47%

Viper

49

19

158%

313

367

-15%

Magnum

0

0

0%

0

113

-100%

Journey

4,198

2,989

40%

38,355

37,842

1%

Caravan

8,057

4,112

96%

74,954

64,912

15%

Nitro

2,032

1,135

79%

15,833

13,645

16%

Durango

47

162

-71%

125

3,416

-96%

DODGE BRAND

36,272

21,215

71%

303,019

242,428

25%

Dakota

960

399

141%

10,410

8,894

17%

Ram P/U

16,887

13,452

26%

140,889

143,205

-2%

Sprinter

7

798

-99%

253

5,403

-95%

RAM BRAND

17,854

14,649

22%

151,552

157,502

-4%

TOTAL DODGE

54,126

35,864

51%

454,571

399,930

14%








TOTAL CHRYSLER GROUP LLC

100,077

62,197

61%

820,220

715,516

15%








    TOTAL CAR

29,550

17,806

66%

236,469

169,867

39%

    TOTAL TRUCK

70,527

44,391

59%

583,751

545,649

7%

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