by David Zatz • Posted on January 4th, 2013
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.
Fiat S.p.A. announced its second-quarter results from Turin this morning for what could be the last time, if shareholders approve the Fiat-Chrysler merger on Friday.
Worldwide shipments rose 2%, to 1.2 million, in the second quarter as revenues rose 5% to $31.2 billion
NAFTA region shipments grew 10% while Asia Pacific (APAC) region jumped 42%....
According to a report in Italian financial newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, the government is considering offering tax incentives to boost car sales in the country.
“We are thinking of using fiscal levers to encourage a renewal of our car stocks,” Transport Minister Mauritzio Lupi said today. “We are evaluating this project because that is what it means to have an industrial policy for this country.”
“We have the oldest fleet in Europe,” Lupi went on to say....
Allpar’s sources tell us that, despite the clear acceleration and fuel-economy benefits of the eight-speed automatic, the police are demanding that Dodge stick with the old Mercedes five-speed on Charger squad cars.
In 2014, both police and civilian Chargers had the five-speed, though civilians got the eight-speed with the V6 — and in 2015, the eight-speed will be the only transmission in any civilian Dodge Charger, including the SRT....
In today’s print edition of Automotive News, Larry Vellequette wrote about one more facet of the ongoing battle for bragging rights among pickup manufacturers.
This time, Ram is engaged in a tussle with Ford over top towing rights. Ford claims the championship over the Ram 3500, saying its 4X4 crew cab heavy-duty pickup can tow 31,200 pounds, 1,200 more than the Ram 3500 regular cab 4X2, which Chrysler maintains has “best-in-class” towing....