Chrysler de Mexico today reported December 2012 sales of 10,707 units, the best month of 2012. Year-over-year sales increased by 7% over 2011. Total 2012 sales were not reported, but Allpar estimates they would be around 95,000 units based on the full year increase numbers, estimates of 2011 sales, and data from Ward’s.
Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram Truck brands, together, sold 9,439 units, including a large number of rebadged Hyundai cars and trucks. Car sales rose 8% over December 2011, Sport Tourer/Minivan sales rose 1,870 units, and SUVs and trucks sold 2,592 and 1,415 units, respectively, during December 2012. The Dodge sales leader was the Hyundai i10 (1,851 cars), followed by Journey (1,482). Ram had an undefined sales rise. Fiat and Alfa Romeo, together, rose 8%, largely due to Fiat 500 and Strada sales.
Chrysler generally releases fragmentary sales data for Mexico. Full-year numbers from non-Chrysler sources will not be available for at least two months.
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 [...]
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 [...]