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Chrysler sees April sales up 20% over 2009

by Bill Cawthon on

April sales figures won’t be reported until Monday, May 3, and we don’t generally post forecasts this far in advance, but this news is too good to keep under our hats.

Fred Diaz, Chrysler’s sales chief, has told dealers the company forecasts a 20% jump in sales compared to last year. This would mark the largest increase in more than two years, easily trumping February’s one percent gain. Chrysler spokeswoman Kathy Graham confirmed the comments yesterday.

The good news comes shortly after Chrysler posted better-than-expected results for the first quarter and generally positive reactions to plans announced earlier this week by Fiat/Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne.

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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