“Hemi 265” wrote that Chrysler’s 2012 sales in Australia rose 79% over 2011, reaching 21,401 units across Chrysler, Jeep, and Dodge — and making Fiat-Chrysler the fastest-growing automaker in Australia. The Jeep Grand Cherokee was the hottest seller, with 8,373 sold in 2012, more than double 2011’s sales.
According to Hemi 265, the Chrysler brand was restricted to Voyagers until late summer, when the 300 arrived; and Dodge only had the Journey. Most of the sales reported by the Chrysler brands were Jeeps.
Chrysler had a substantial presence in Australia starting with domestic production of the Valiant in early 1962, though sales numbers were never especially high; the hot Valiant AP5, for example, saw 49,440 sales over 22 months. The Valiant VE sold 68,688 cars in 1967, 1968, and early 1969. The company boasted a 13.7% market share in Australia in 1969, with around 53,000 sales. In 1980, following declining sales, Chrysler sold 99% of the equity in Chrysler Australia to Mitsubishi. The last Chrysler/Valiant branded car made in Australia was produced in August 1981. (Also see: Chrysler in Australia at valiant.org; an interview with Australia’s Chief Engineer).
Months after unconfirmed reports made it to Allpar’s pages, the power of Automotive News, in the person of reporter Larry Vellequette, pried a key fact from Chrysler executives — that they cast and build “Ferrari” engines for Maserati. As our sister site pentastars.com reported, the engines are actually cast in Kokomo, and machined in the Trenton Engine plant, using a mixture of [...]
The Challenger Hellcat is a hot image car for Dodge, and the brand’s leader has already said he wants to get as many out to the public as possible, suggesting to dealers that they not tack on $10,000 (or higher) surcharges as they did to hot cars in the past — from Vipers to PT Cruisers. While his calls may [...]
The planned Dodge Dart SRT will be enabled by a brand new series of four-cylinder engines, which some insiders say are a joint effort of Chrysler and Fiat, merging aspects of existing designs from both companies. Originally, the engines, dubbed “Hurricane” after military aircraft (and likely referencing vintage Jeep engines as well), were thought to be merely turbocharged versions of the existing 2.0 or [...]
Dodge’s use of Cummins diesels back in 1989 succeeded beyond expectations, reviving a nearly dead truck line. When the company added a VM diesel to the Ram 1500, sales were, again, much better than expected. Chrysler had predicted a 10% take rate, perhaps up to 15%; but Allpar reported in August that the line was running up to 25% diesels when the engines were [...]