For the second month in a row, Chrysler is the biggest seller of cars and trucks in Canada, beating Ford and GM. With the 27th consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth, February 2012 sales were 16,536, 9% more than in February 2011.
Ram truck sales continue to surpass monthly records. For February 2012, 4737 Ram truck sales were reported, up 11% from the previous record set in 2011. Jeep® Wrangler sales of 1131 were 37% higher than the previous February record of 823 set in 2007. Strong Wrangler sales helped propel Jeep brand sales to a 24% increase.
Passenger car sales doubled when compared against February 2011, with 2410 units sold in February 2012. Ram pickup alone sold nearly twice as many units.
Chrysler Canada does not report all its sales by model. The Ram pickup is now the #2 selling vehicle in Canada. Dodge Journey, usually touted as the best selling crossover in Canada, was not reported this month, indicating it may have slipped from its perch for the first time in many months.
Chrysler de Mexico is far behind Chrysler Canada in market share. Fred Diaz took over recently, and said, “Our employees and dealers are working together in the continuous improvement process established by our new Corporate Culture emphasizing customer service.”
Dodge sales were up 4% with Challenger and Charger increasing by 500%. Ram reported increases in Ram 4000 (25%), Hyundai H100 Wagon (33%), and Hyundai H100 Van (41%). Fiat and Alfa Romeo reported increased sales of 110%.
Dodge and SRT are rejoining the Trans Am Series, with Miller Racing fielding two new Dodge Challengers at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 15 and 16. Driving will be four-time series champion Tommy Kendall, making his first Trans Am start since 2004 in the TA2 series class. The cars appear to be driven by 5.7 liter Hemi engines. [...]
Though the Ram 1500 just had major upgrades, another refresh is due in 2017, to deal with the new F-150s and a possible Chevrolet Silverado update. So far not much is known about these trucks, except that they will likely include the Pentastar engine upgrade, might include the rumored 5.7 Hemi V8 upgrade, and are likely to have undergone weight reduction therapy [...]
With the supercharged 6.2 Hemi delivering 707 horsepower to the Dodge Charger and Challenger, the Viper boys are reportedly looking for ways to get back on top. While the Viper may be superior on a tight racing course, the straight-line performance of Charger and Challenger, in five-seaters with all the amenities, large trunks, and automatic or manual transmissions, is a challenge for Team [...]
Artist suzq044 has provided an alternative view of what the 2017 Ram may look like. This refresh will counter new F-150s. The trucks will almost certainly include the V6 engine upgrade, might include the rumored 5.7 Hemi V8 upgrade, and are likely to have more high-strength steel and aluminum to cut weight. The 2017 Ram is also likely to have aerodynamic improvements to increase highway [...]
It has been years since Allpar first reported on the future launch of a new Jeep Wagoneer, and the dropping of the Dodge Caravan. With Wagoneer on the books, Chrysler planners may have had mixed feelings about the sudden success of the Dodge Durango. They wanted to drop the Durango for a more-profitable Wagoneer (essentially a Durango with the Grand Cherokee suspension design [...]