Chrysler fleet sales rose in January

Fleet sales accounted for nearly 30 percent of Chrysler Group’s January sales, That’s up from 24.4 percent in January 2011. Fleet volume was up 75.4 percent to about 30,000 vehicles while retail volume rose 34.2 percent to 71,100 units.

Among the top seven automakers, fleet sales accounted for 22.2 percent of total sales. That was an increase from 19.3 percent a year ago.

GM retail sales dropped 15.4 percent in January, leaving it with the highest percentage of fleet sales, but only about a half-point of share separated the Detroit 3 automakers.

Toyota had the highest volume, but Nissan had the highest percentage of fleet sales among the major foreign brands.

Hyundai-Kia was the only one of the seven reporting a decline in fleet sales.

Manufacturer 2012 Volume 2012 Share 2011 Volume 2011 Share Change
General Motors 117,700 70.1% 139,100 77.8% -15.4%
Ford Motor 96,400 70.5% 89,300 70.1% 8.0%
Chrysler Group 71,100 70.3% 53,000 75.6% 34.2%
Toyota Motor 102,500 82.3% 101,200 87.3% 1.3%
American Honda (est.) 81,300 98.0% 74,700 98.0% 8.8%
Nissan N.A. 59,900 75.5% 55,000 76.6% 8.9%
Hyundai-Kia 70,900 90.7% 56,500 86.9% 25.5%
Top 7 Companies 599,800 77.8% 568,800 80.7% 5.5%

Manufacturer 2012 Volume 2012 Share 2011 Volume 2011 Share Change
General Motors 50,200 29.9% 39,800 22.2% 26.1%
Ford Motor 40,300 29.5% 38,000 29.9% 6.1%
Chrysler Group 30,000 29.7% 17,100 24.4% 75.4%
Toyota Motor 22,000 17.7% 14,700 12.7% 49.7%
American Honda (est.) 1,700 2.0% 1,500 2.0% 13.3%
Nissan N.A. 19,400 24.5% 16,800 23.4% 15.5%
Hyundai-Kia 7,300 9.3% 8,500 13.1% -14.1%
Top 7 Companies 170,900 22.2% 136,400 19.3% 25.3%

Source: Automotive News Data Center

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Ram: King of Canadian trucks

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For the third time in a row, the Ram 1500 has been crowned the overall winner of the Canadian Truck King Challenge.

The tenth annual Canadian Truck King Challenge, run in Ontario but including seven judges from across Canada, includes real-world evaluations covering nearly 4,000 km, during which payload is tested up to 4,000 pounds, towing is tested up to 15,000 pounds, and off-road capability is assessed.

There were eleven pickups entered into the Canadian Truck King Challenge competition,

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Net income went from a $420 million loss in the third quarter of 2015 to a net profit of roughly $660 million in this past quarter.  

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With a nearly 47% year-over-year increase as of the end of September, Ram leads the market in commercial van sales.

Nine months into 2016, Ram has sold 39,214 ProMasters — 26,544 full-size ProMasters and 12,649 compact ProMaster Citys.

In September, monthly sales of Chevrolet and Ford vans fell, while Ram van deliveries were up more than 10%. The big ProMaster outsold every full-size van that didn’t wear a blue oval or a bow tie.

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So far, according to Automotive News’ groundbreaking report, only Jaguar and BMW have been given permission to sell diesels in the US. Others have to wait, pending testing clearance, thanks to Audi-Volkswagen cheats.

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Chrysler Canada is now selling a complete line of Pacifica minivans in Canada, with the base LX and Touring models added to Touring-L, Touring-L Plus, and Limited.

All 2017 Chrysler Pacificas are made in Canada at the award-winning Windsor Assembly Plant; the plant built 70% of all full-size minivans sold in Canada last year (including Caravan and Town & Country).

The LX lists for C$37,995,

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