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%.
The Ram 1500 faced down the aluminum-bodied Ford F-150 and new Chevrolet Silverado in Motor Trend’s half-ton truck shootout. The three contenders were put through a broad array of testing, including a 260-mile drive through California and Arizona. Measurements included: Testing without load: 0-60 mph and 1/4-mile acceleration, 60-0 mph braking, and maximum lateral grip (Ram was Limits-handling without load: closed-course cornering, braking, [...]
This year’s winners of the prestigious Ward’s Top Ten were (in alphabetical order) the BMW 5-series electric motor, the Corvette Stingray’s 6.2 liter V8, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat V8, the Ford Fiesta three-cylinder, one-liter turbo, Hyundai Tuscon fuel cell vehicle, Mini Cooper 1.5 turbo three cylinder, the Ram 3-liter VM diesel, Subaru WRX four-cylinder turbo, VW Golf 1.8 liter [...]
We may have the first clear 2017 Chrysler Town & Country minivan spy shots, adding to a small “phone pic” shot posted some time ago. The vehicle, parked with the Chrysler Technical Center in sight, has camouflage and padding, but you can clearly see the openings for the side and front door handles. The photo gives some idea of the relatively length [...]
Some time ago, Sergio Marchionne, head of Fiat Chrysler, said that the only way to reboot Alfa Romeo would be by amortizing engineering costs with Dodge. That’s gone down the memory hole, now. It had to. The Alfisti will have fitsies if they overtly share with Chrysler. The D-RWD platform is now Giorgio, an Italian name for something developed largely in Auburn [...]
FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne has long expressed his desire to slash the number of Fiat and Chrysler platforms, emulating Volkswagen’s “back to the future” move of putting just about everything onto a single platform. Mr. Marchionne has allowed major exceptions; the combination of an over-ambitious plan and a grip on reality delayed the Jeep Renegade and some other cars, because the [...]