- Sales up 5.1 per cent in September, 6 per cent this year
- 14 consecutive months of sales growth
- Retail sales are up for the month, fleet down
- Jeep(R) sales rise to monthly record on strength of new models
WINDSOR, ON, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - Chrysler Canada notched another successful
month of sales growth extending the winning streak to 14 months in a row.
Chrysler Canada September sales of 17,011 vehicles is a 5.1 per cent increase
over the same month last year when 16,191 units were sold and were the highest
sales for September in the last 5 years. 2007 year-to-date, vehicle sales are
up 6 per cent, 179,873 compared to 169,744 units last year.
"It's clear that more customers are walking into their local Chrysler,
Jeep and Dodge showrooms and are committing to our vehicles," said Dave
Buckingham, Vice President of Sales for Chrysler Canada. "With more new models
on their way, I am confident we can keep up the sales success we are seeing
here in Canada."
Retail sales are up, while daily rental sales are similarly down. Retail
sales indicate more sustainable growth.
Jeep Compass, Patriot, Wrangler and Grand Cherokee Diesel sales have
propelled the brand to an all-time monthly high of 4,761 units, a 91 per cent
increase over last year.
"These three multi-purpose products hit the Canadian "sweet spot" for
pricing and fuel economy and demonstrate how customers will respond to the
right products," Buckingham said.
While the company's sales growth is wide-spread, sales in Quebec are up
considerably this year and up 33 per cent this month.
"Chrysler's new vehicle line up, especially Jeep models, are mimicking
the overall Canadian march toward more small, fuel-efficient vehicles, and
that trend is even more pronounced in Quebec," said Buckingham. "We also
applaud those dealers that have decided to remain open for business on
weekends in the Quebec region in an effort to better service our Chrysler,
Jeep and Dodge customers."
Meanwhile, Dodge pickups still meet the needs of many Canadians. For the
year, both Ram and Dakota are up, 5.9 and 3.0 per cent respectively.
"There will always be a need for the utility of a pick up, and these
trucks, especially Dodge Ram, continue to meet that need," Buckingham added.
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