Chrysler Canada Sales Soar 101 per cent in June

    
    -   Total sales more than double compared with June 2009
    -   Calendar year to date sales up 36 per cent
    -   Seventh consecutive month of retail growth greater than 20 per cent
    -   Minivan sales more than triple over June of 2009
    -   Record June sales for Ram pickup and Jeep(R) Wrangler
    -   Passenger car sales more than double (+114 per cent)
    

WINDSOR, ON, July 1 /CNW/ - Chrysler Canada today announced total sales of 18,502 for the month of June, up 101 per cent over the level achieved one year ago (June 2009: 9,211). June also marked the seventh consecutive month of growth exceeding 20 per cent at the retail level, an indication of continued strong consumer demand for the company's products.

"In 2009 we restructured Chrysler Canada for future profitability and growth, and in 2010 we are nailing it," said Reid Bigland, President and CEO of Chrysler Canada. "But the best part about June's 101 per cent increase is that it was not a one-trick pony. Year to date our sales are up 36 per cent in an industry up only slightly from 2009. Proof positive that our products and restructuring efforts are on the right track."

Sales Highlights

"There is no question that our highly fuel-efficient Jeep products, No. 1 selling Dodge minivan and crossover vehicles, and award-winning Ram Pickup Trucks are pacing our success in 2010," said Dave Buckingham, Vice President of Sales, Chrysler Canada. "The quality and value of these products remain unmatched in the market today."

    
                     Chrysler Canada - Sales Highlights
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    June Sales               June 2010         June 2009            % Change

    Total Volume                18,502             9,211              100.9%


    Model Highlights         June 2010         June 2009            % Change

    Ram Pick-up                  4,880             2,531               92.8%

    Dodge Grand Caravan          4,853             1,454              233.8%

    Dodge Journey                1,595             1,145               39.3%

    Jeep Wrangler                1,238               644               92.2%

    Jeep Patriot                 1,035               650               59.2%


    CYTD Sales               CYTD 2010         CYTD 2009            % Change

    Total Volume               105,474            77,390               36.3%


    Model Highlights         CYTD 2010         CYTD 2009            % Change

    Dodge Grand Caravan         28,529            17,841               59.9%

    Ram Pick-up                 25,310            14,507               74.5%

    Dodge Journey               10,524             6,549               60.7%

    Jeep Wrangler                6,172             3,778               63.4%

    Jeep Patriot                 4,990             3,505               42.4%
    

Combined sales of the Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country more than tripled compared with the same month last year, on sales of 4,853 and 449 respectively. The Dodge Grand Caravan is the No. 2 selling nameplate in the country.

The Ram pickup continues to set records, with its highest June sales ever. The Ram posted a 93 per cent increase on sales of 4,880 units (June 2009: 2,531 units). Calendar-year-to-date, the company has sold 25,310 Ram pickups, up 75 per cent over the January-through-June 2009 period, and putting the Ram solidly in the Top Five Nameplates in Canada.

Jeep(R) Brand vehicle sales were up sharply in June, with significant increases by the Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Patriot.

Passenger car sales have also been gaining momentum, growing 114 per cent over the same month in 2009. All Chrysler Canada cars increased their sales in June, led by Dodge Charger (+289 per cent), Chrysler Sebring (+141 per cent, Chrysler 300 (+140 per cent), and Dodge Caliber (+84 per cent).

July Incentive Program

With great offers in the month of July, Canadians are encouraged to visit their local Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram dealership to see Chrysler Canada's full lineup of award-winning and segment-leading vehicles, including the all-new 2010 Motor Trend Truck of the Year - Ram Heavy Duty; the most awarded Ram ever - Ram 1500; the No. 1 selling minivan - Dodge Grand Caravan; the No. 1 selling crossover - Dodge Journey; and the most fuel-efficient and affordable 4x4 in Canada - Jeep Patriot.

About Chrysler Canada

Founded as the Chrysler Corporation in 1925, Chrysler Canada Inc. is based in Windsor, Ontario, and celebrates its 85th anniversary in 2010. Chrysler Canada is a wholly owned subsidiary of Chrysler Group LLC, one of the world's leading automotive companies. Chrysler Canada's product lineup features some of the world's most recognizable vehicles, including the Dodge Grand Caravan, Jeep(R) Wrangler and Chrysler 300.

Additional information and news from Chrysler is available at http://www.media.chrysler.com.

SOURCE Chrysler Canada Inc.

For further information: For further information: Mary Gauthier, (519) 973-2253 (office), (519) 984-1396 (cell), mary.gauthier@chrysler.com

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