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

by Bill Cawthon on

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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.

TOP AUTOMAKERS BY SALES
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

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for just-auto.com, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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