Chrysler still no. 4; Grand Caravan top minivan for 2012


Chrysler finished 2012 as America’s fourth-largest automaker by sales. The folks in Auburn Hills came in just over 229,000 sales ahead of fifth-place Honda.

Manufacturer December 2012
General Motors 245,733 2,595,717
Ford Motor Company 212,902 2,243,009
Toyota Motor Sales 194,143 2,082,504
Chrysler Group 152,367 1,651,787
American Honda 132,774 1,422,785
Hyundai-Kia 98,613 1,260,606
Nissan North America 99,290 1,141,656
Volkswagen Group 61,798 612,486

1998-2012 Chrysler sales

Despite some close calls during the year, the Dodge Grand Caravan was the top-selling minivan for 2012. It was also the top-seller in December. The Chrysler Town & Country, which out-sells the Caravan in the retail trade (in the US), ended up in fourth place again.


2012 minivan sales

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The first cars to make it appear to be the highest-performance V6 Quadrifoglio, which recently “conquered the ’Ring.”  The American versions look quite similar to the European ones.

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Given current styling trends,

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The champion in 2012 and runner-up to Jeg Coughlin Jr. in 2013, Johnson is the only Dodge driver to have made it to a final round in the past two years.

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