Chrysler Canada closes strong year

canada-salesChrysler Canada celebrated its 37th consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth, the longest sales streak in its history. December 2012 sales were 14,756, just 1% higher than December 2011. For the full year, sales were 243,845, a 6% increase over 2011.

Chrysler Canada boasts the best retail sales since 2000, and is again the second most popular Canadian automaker.

Chrysler Canada passenger car sales more than doubled for the month, with an increase of 103% in December 2012 with 2,827 sales and 33% for the calendar year with 42,509 sales.  Dodge Dart had its best sales month with 849 Dodge Darts sold, up 3% from November.  Chrysler 200 set a monthly sales record for December 2012, with 614 sold. If one couples Dodge Avenger with Chrysler 200, Chrysler Canada was the number one seller of mid-size passenger cars in the country for 2012.

Dodge Journey holds onto its claim as the number one selling crossover in Canada with 28,888 vehicles sold in 2012. Caravan, however, has fallen to the country’s #4 best seller, with 51,552 sold. For the 2012 calendar year, the Jeep Grand Cherokee claimed the top spot as the number one selling full-size SUV in the country.

Jeep brand sales were strong in 2012, led primarily by increases in Jeep Wrangler sales. In December 2012, 988 Jeep Wranglers were sold, up 27%  from December 2011. For the 2012 calendar year, 18,996 Jeep Wranglers were sold, up 21%.

Ram trucks are billed as Canada’s longest-lasting line of pickup trucks. For December 2012, 4,987 Ram trucks were sold, a monthly sales record. For the full year, 67,634 trucks were sold, an increase of 7% . Ram trucks rank as the number-two selling vehicles in the country.

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How will Wrangler keep its tops “free”?

Jeep Wrangler roof slider system cloth

Even as the 2018 Jeep Wrangler grows ever-closer, sources are divided as to how the roof will be handled — though we are starting get some clarity.

The JT pickup, due in 2019, will almost certainly have a fixed roof with removable panels. As for the Wrangler, some believe it will have the setup shown in the  scale model below (whose front styling was rejected):

The model above has the same removable panels as the pickup,

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Here are the SEMA-car sneak peeks

With the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show is drawing near, Mopar has started to show their usual teaser sketches of concepts to be displayed at the Las Vegas Convention Center on November 1-4.

Including Mopar-modified vehicles created especially for SEMA, fourteen FCA US vehicles will spread out over the 15,345-square-foot Mopar exhibit.

The annual Mopar press event will take place at its usual 4:26 p.m.

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CR and FCA quality


Many people regard Consumer Reports as the last word in car reliability, despite problems with CR’s methods and an attitude which leads to cease-and-desist letters for posting pages like this one.

The current guide was headlined by Buick’s rise to #3, but the secondary story was FCA brands anchoring the bottom, along with Tesla.

What happened?

FCA can counter CR with good scores in J.D.

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Envisioning the 2018 Jeep Cherokee

For the next Jeep Cherokee, Susan Rand and “DarkSky” considered what the phrase “a more traditional front that is still unique” might mean. Sources claimed that the body would remain essentially unchanged.

Since the “headlights below the DRLs” aspect of the current Cherokee is the most radical change from the norm, both renderings swap the two positions, putting the headlights up high, with integral DRLs, parking lights in a separate area,

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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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