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Chrysler #1 in Canada

by David Zatz on

Chrysler Canada announced a 22% hike in January sales (16,584 versus 13,587), the 26th consecutive month of higher year-over-year sales. It was enough to push Chrysler to the #1 sales position in Canada.

January 2012 marked Chrysler Canada’s highest retail January sales since 2002.

“We have been the fastest growing automaker in Canada for the past two years, and it is great to start 2012 as the highest-selling vehicle company in Canada,” said Dave Buckingham, Chief Operating Officer of Chrysler Canada. “We have always been one of Canada’s highest-selling truck companies, but with our fuel-efficient passenger car sales more than doubling last month, we have become the number one seller of vehicles overall.”

Passenger car sales at Chrysler Canada more than doubled from 2011, with 2,527 units sold in January. This was led primarily by sales of the Chrysler 300, which rose 260% (though the total was just 457 sales) in January 2012. Charger, with sales of 670 (an increase of 316%), set a January record.

Jeep® saw sales up 31% over January 2011. Jeep Wrangler set a January sales record with 729 units sold, up 42% from January 2011. Jeep Grand Cherokee sales were 999, a 32% increase. Jeep Compass and Patriot sales were up 57% and 19% respectively with 457 and 644 sales.

The Ram Cargo Van saw a surprisingly good 475 sales; Canadians bought 4,345 Ram trucks, up 15% from last January’s record sales.

Canada’s best-selling crossover, Dodge Journey, set a January record with 1,951 sales, representing an 11% increase over 2011.

Chrysler Canada does not release full sales charts.

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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