by David Zatz • Posted on March 1st, 2013
Chrysler Canada recorded a 2% rise in Canadian vehicle sales last month, selling the most vehicles in any February since 2000 (16,832) and extending its streak of year-over-year gains to 39 consecutive months.
Car sales were up 16%, while trucks were down 0.6%. Ram pickup was the No. 2 best-selling vehicle in Canada, while Dodge Caravan as the fourth best seller (at times, it has been the country’s #1).
Chrysler was comfortable ahead of #2 Ford, despite Ford’s 5% sales hike, with 16,301 sales. This is the second month Chrysler has been the top seller of cars and trucks in Canada.
Ram, Wrangler, 200, and Town & Country had record Februarys; the Chrysler brand minivan saw four times the sales of February 2012, though the total was just 579 units. Ram sold 5,106 pickups while Jeep sold 1,146 Wranglers. Overall, Chrysler sold just 2,794 cars, the remainder being trucks, SUVs, and vans. (Chrysler did not release its Caravan sales for the month). February sales were slightly below January, seemingly because the month is three days shorter.
Combined sales of Dodge Avenger and Chrysler 200 led Chrysler Canada to be the best-seller of mid-size cars in the country for 2012.
Meanwhile, Chrysler de Mexico reported its February 2013 sales of 7,541 units, up from February. The company sold 1,658 Jeeps, and Jeep Wrangler sales rose 9%. Dodge sales were solid with 3,352 units, though one third of those (1,396) were the Hyundai-built i10. Dodge Avenger registered sales gains of 36%, and 899 Journeys were sold. Ram sold 1,095 trucks, including rebadged Mitsubishis; Ram ST gained 27%. The Uno and Palio were recently added to Mexico’s Fiat lineup, which remains driven by Fiat 500; 536 Fiats and Alfa Romeos were sold during the month, including 350 Fiat 500s, up 76% from February 2012.
Chrysler Group has announced it will recall an estimated 29,500 2014 and 2015 Fiat 500L vehicles shipped in the U.S. and Canada to replace their knee airbags. Of the total, an estimated 25,500 are in the U.S. with the other 4,000 in Canada.
Based on U.S. sales reported through the end of June, the recall appears to cover all of the 500Ls sold or shipped since the model went on the market....
Robert C. Evans wrote, “I caught these right outside my office this morning. It appears to be an updated 2015 Chrysler 300, with a much larger front grill than the current generation. It seems it is almost returning to the original 300 grill and squared off front end. You will also see integrated exhaust in the rear much like the 2015 Chrysler 200.”
Most of the sheet metal should be similar to the current version, as the 2015 will be a relatively minor refresh — except for the use of eight-speed automatics across the board and UConnect upgrades....
If you can’t afford $60,000 or more for the real thing, or the insurance surcharges for driving a 707 horsepower car (even if you promise to use the 500-hp black fob), Dodge will help out by providing a Hemi Hellcat ring-tone for your phone.
The ringtone can be heard and downloaded from www.drivesrt.com/hellcatringtone.
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