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Chrysler retains No. 4 spot in 2008 sales

by Bill Cawthon on

Chrysler, with 1,443,122 sales for the year, came in fourth in the automaker rankings for 2008. General Motors posted 2,954,819 light vehicle sales to retain the top spot, while Toyota’s 2,217,662 sales put it ahead of Ford with 1,988,376. Honda and Acura combined for 1,428,765. Nissan’s 951,350 sales rounded out the results for the six major automakers’ U.S. sales.

The rankings were the same for December’s monthly sales, with Chrysler edging out Honda for the No. 4 spot by 3,728 sales.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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