Dodge Ram grabs 20 percent of full-size pickup sales in February

One in five full-size pickups sold last month was a Dodge Ram, which outperformed all its competitors by retaining the highest percentage of it February 2008 numbers. The Ram’s 20 percent share was its best showing in five years as the segment became crowded with additional entries from Ford and GM and new trucks from Toyota and Nissan.

The 2009 Dodge Ram 1500 continued its winning streak as it beat the Ford F-Series pickup by winning the New England Motor Press Association’s (NEMPA) 2009 Winter Vehicle Award as Best-In-Class Pickup.

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Reports of Crane Cams demise were premature

Numerous auto blogs, including Autoblog and AutoWeek, reported the demise of Crane Cams, based on a Daytona Beach News-Journal article. Allpar reported on the same story, but noted that nothing was definitely known and was far less certain in its language about the fate of the well-known valvegear maker. 

AutoWeek was contacted for a correction by the company’s Steve Leva, who said that while Crane Cams shut down on February 24 for restructuring,

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Chrysler minivans #1 in segment

Chrysler minivans have bounced back in U.S. market share in February, both individually and together, easily besting the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. The Caravan was the 14th most popular vehicle in the US and the most popular minivan; the Town & Country was the 19th most popular vehicle and the second most popular minivan. Together, the pair would have displaced the Nissan Altima as the fifth best seller for the month.

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Chrysler February sales beat forecasts

Sometimes victory is defined simply by not losing as badly as everyone else. Chrysler had one of those victories in February. Even though its own sales were down 44 percent, Chrysler came in ahead of General Motors and Ford, where sales were even worse. In fact, Chrysler no longer has the worst year-to-date (YTD) sales losses of the major automakers. General Motors beat them by two full percentage points.

Chrysler sold more light trucks than any automaker except General Motors.

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Wrangler tops among SUVs

With a 17 percent improvement in February sales, the Jeep Wrangler became the best-selling traditional, body-on-frame SUV, surpassing the competition from Ford and General Motors. The Wrangler was also one of the best-sellers in the entire Crossover/SUV segment.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee also outsold the combined totals of the Ford Explorer and Expedition as well as the Chevrolet Tahoe, Chevrolet Suburban, Chevrolet TrailBlazer, GMC Yukon and Yukon XL.

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Chrysler beats Honda for No. 4 sales spot

Chrysler February sales, while still down sharply, were more than sufficient to beat Honda for the No. 4 rank among the major automakers. They also beat industry analyst estimates by a significant margin. Jesse Toprak of had predicted a 53 percent shortfall while Brian Johnson of Barclays Capital called for a 55 percent plunge. Closest to the actual figure was Patrick Archambault of Goldman Sachs who was off by just one percent at 45 percent.

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Chrysler Canada #1 in sales

Chrysler has achieved a milestone for the first time in its 84-year history: being the best selling automaker in Canada. Leading sales was the minivan, but the Dodge Journey was also the best seller in its segment. The Dodge Ram and “Belvidere Trio” also turned in a good performance.

Chrysler’s achievement was due largely to maintaining a decent sales rate in a month when key competitors GM,

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Survey results explained by Betts

Survey results explained by Betts

Recently, numerous media outlets reported on Consumers Reports‘ quality survey results.  Doug Betts, Chrysler Chief Customer Officer, noted in an e-mail to employees and contractors that this survey did not contain any new survey data, despite its recent release. He pointed out that the survey is reported in the fall issue, but is reprinted in the April 2009 issue, which is currently out.  

Betts wrote: “Unfortunately, what is now appearing is just a repeat of that same harsh news. Read the full story: Survey results explained by Betts  »

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