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How will September sales stack up?

by Bill Cawthon on

Last month, Chrysler reported its best August sales since 2002. Adding some perspective, August 2014 was the company’s third-best August since the beginning of the 21st Century.

Using the analysts’ more modest predictions of 168,000 sales for September 2014, this month would be the best September since 2006 but only the fifth-highest volume September since 2000.

However, if Chrysler can stretch and add 900 sales to the predicted tally, September 2014 would become the best since 2004 and the third-best since 2000.

Chrysler Septembers
Year Cars Trucks Total
2000 60,282 159,684 219,966
2001 47,376 104,789 152,165
2002 50,408 114,989 165,397
2003 38,917 108,197 147,114
2004 50,544 118,200 168,744
2005 59,744 115,812 175,556
2006 47,089 121,799 168,888
2007 49,512 110,287 159,799
2008 33,504 73,845 107,349
2009 18,064 44,133 62,197
2010 30,285 69,792 100,077
2011 33,217 94,117 127,334
2012 42,050 99,991 142,041
2013 42,456 100,561 143,017

The car in the graph is the 2000 Plymouth Breeze. September 2000 was the last September for the Breeze, with 254 sales; the car had already ended production. The last 127 Breezes were sold in January 2001. The last Plymouth was a Neon made on June 28, 2001.

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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