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Canada, Mexico sales gains

by David Zatz on

Chrysler Canada reported the strongest July in the company’s history, with a 3% gain over July 2011, and total volume of 24,162 cars sold. Around a quarter of those were Ram pickups (6,515), with Caravan (5,222) and Journey (3,148) continuing to do well. Chrysler 200 posted a 141% gain, to 1,323 units. Year to date, Chrysler is beating the same period in 2011 by 7%; Chrysler 200’s sales are 160% over January-July 2011.

Wrangler set a new all-time sales record of 2,205 units; Ram pickup continues as the second highest selling vehicle in the country and established a July sales record with 6,515 units sold. Dodge Grand Caravan is the third highest selling vehicle in Canada. The country’s best-selling and most affordable crossover, Dodge Journey, saw its sales increase just 1% from last year, still setting a July sales record with 3,148 units sold.

Chrysler de Mexico reported July 2012 sales of 8,353 units, a 15% increase over July 2011 and the third consecutive month of sales gains. Greater gains are expected as the Dodge Dart hits the market.

Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep® and Ram brands together reached a high sales performance in cars with 21%, Sport Tourer/Minivan 7%, SUVs 17%, and trucks 21%, all on low volume. Chrysler brand as a whole had sales of just 449 vehicles, though minivan sales rose 37% and 300 sales rose 57%. Jeep’s 56% sales increase was based on sales of 599 units. Jeep Patriot had its best sales month of the year. Fiat sold 257 cars (a 76% gain).

Dodge was the volume brand, with 3,533 sales (up 14%), much of which represented rebadged Hyundais. The (Hyundai) Dodge i10 recorded its best month so far since its launch in 2011, with sales 392% over July 2011. Ram sales rose 21%, including rebadged models (actual numbers were not released).

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