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Chrysler 200 hits the top ten

by Bill Cawthon on

With a 31.2% jump in sales, the Chrysler 200 was one of the top ten best-selling passenger cars in February. The 200 came in at No. 8 among all cars and No. 3 among American brands, trailing only the Ford Fusion and Chevy Cruze.


It was No. 17 on the industrywide list and joined the Ram pickup as the only Chrysler-brand vehicles in the top 20 (the Jeep Cherokee was No. 21).

In year-to-date sales, the Chrysler 200 is still in the top ten among passenger cars, but it drops to No. 9. In total light vehicle sales, the 200 checks in at No. 18. Behind the Fusion, Cruze and Ford Focus.

While total Dodge brand sales were down last month, cars sales were surprisingly strong. Stripping out the discontinued Avenger, sales of Dodge brand cars rose 31.5% in February.

The Charger was the best-selling full-size car for the month and checked in at No. 37 out of 297 in total light vehicle rankings. It ranked 17th in the passenger car standings and was the sixth-most-popular American car.

The Challenger and Dart also posted good numbers. Dart sales soared 51.5% in February

Total sales of Chrysler brands, which are usually overwhelmingly tilted towards light trucks, were in line with Ford and GM when it came to the car-truck mix last month.

Rank Cars Sales Rank Trucks Sales
1 Toyota Camry 32,942 1 Ford F series 55,236
2 Nissan Altima 28,474 2 Chevrolet Silverado 45,395
3 Toyota Corolla 27,839 3 Ram Pickup 31,298
4 Ford Fusion 22,732 4 Honda CR-V 22,298
5 Honda Accord 21,616 5 Toyota RAV4 21,943
6 Honda Civic 21,038 6 Chevrolet Equinox 21,723
7 Chevrolet Cruze 18,301 7 Nissan Rogue 21,419
8 Chrysler 200 15,805 8 Ford Escape 20,915
9 Hyundai Elantra 15,708 9 Ford Explorer 17,027
10 Nissan Sentra 15,354 10 GMC Sierra 15,157
11 Ford Focus 14,019 11 Jeep Cherokee 14,026
12 Hyundai Sonata 13,987 12 Jeep Grand Cherokee 13,756
13 Chevrolet Malibu 13,971 13 Jeep Wrangler 12,911
14 Toyota Prius 12,018 14 Honda Pilot 12,629
15 Nissan Versa 11,909 15 Toyota Tacoma 12,372
16 Kia Optima 11,584 16 Subaru Outback 11,632
17 Dodge Charger 10,365 17 Subaru Forester 11,459
18 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 10,219 18 Toyota Highlander 11,263
19 Kia Soul 9,965 19 Toyota Sienna 10,935
20 Chevrolet Impala 9,065 20 GMC Terrain 10,859

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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