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Chrysler still No. 3, highest growth of major automakers

by Bill Cawthon on

Whether you count volume or daily sales rate, Chrysler posted the biggest growth of the Detroit automakers in June. It also outsold Toyota, Honda, Nissan and the combined totals of Hyundai and Kia, despite the fact both Hyundai and Kia set new all-time June sales records.

Chrysler sales were up 30.2 percent last month. Adjusting for the extra sales day in June 2011, the daily sales rate (DSR) comes out at 25.2 percent. Ford was next, with volume up 13.3 percent, for a DSR of 9.0 percent. GM core brand volume was up 10.9 percent for a DSR of 6.3 percent.

The Caravan is the king of the minivans both for the month and the first half of 2011. The Dodge broke the 10,000-unit mark, beating the second-place Toyota Sienna by more than 1,000 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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