CHRYSLER LLC +13%
It's all trucks and SUVs pulling Chrysler forward, but it's still a disappointing month overall.
Car sales weighed Chrysler down. Not so much the loss of the PT Cruiser, but plunging 300 sales (-71%) and also the new 200, which can't match the volumes of the old Sebring.
The addition of the Durango (with modest sales of 2731 units, better than the Nitro but far below the Journey) didn't help Dodge, mostly because Charger sales took a swan dive (-69%) despite the handsome redesign.
Jeep looked strong across the board, with the Grand Cherokee and the Liberty both adding some 2000 units, and the Patriot and Wrangler adding more than 1000. The Compass (+19%) was weaker by comparison. Oh, and the Commander apparently has been relieved of its duty.
Big Ram pickup sales shot up (+82%)-as did those of the Dakota (+85%), but on one-tenth the volume.
NISSAN NORTH AMERICA +32%
Nissan outpaced the industry in February, mostly due to results on the car, not the truck, side.
It wasn't the new entries that made the difference here-only 12 NV vans were sold, and just 67 Leafs (Leaves?), although the Juke racked up nearly 3000 sales. Instead, look to the continuing models, particularly the cars. February was another 20,000-plus month for the Altima, and the Sentra suddenly popped up (+62%). The Maxima (+0%) and the Versa (-9%) went nowhere, though. The Titan (-15%) didn't participate in the pickup bull market, but the Rogue (+86%) successfully rode the crossover wave.
A good month for the G (+39%) was the most important factor here, but all models save the EX35 were in the plus column.