Chrysler Group announced extremely strong sales results today, with the company's overall sales volume rising 30 percent year-over-year to 150,041 units in May. That represents the company's best May sales result since 2007, and 26th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains.All of Chrysler Group's brands saw its volumes increase compared to May 2011.
Chrysler - 29,674 sales, up 81 percent
Chrysler was the brand with the second-biggest sales increase, at 81 percent, and the biggest winner within the brand was the 300 luxury sedan. Sales jumped 140 percent compared to May 2011, to 6101 cars. The 200 midsize sedan saw its sales jump 87 percent to 13,250 cars, while the Town & Country minivan enjoyed a 56-percent sales leap to 10,323 units.
Jeep - 44,198 sales, up 24 percent
Continuing demand for the rough-and-tumble Wrangler helped propel the Jeep brand to a 24-percent sales gain. It was up 44 percent to 14,454 monthly sales. The Jeep Grand Cherokee enjoyed a 40-percent sales gain to 13,274 units, and the Jeep Patriot saw sales inch up eight percent to 5891 units. The only model for which sales declined year-over-year was the Compass, down 18 percent to 3720. As we reported this week, Chrysler plans to kill off this version of the Compass by 2014.
Dodge - 45,793 sales, up 14 percent
The Dodge brand had mixed results, with plenty of models suffering sales declines. On the positive side, the Avenger midsize sedan enjoyed a solid 93-percent sales gain to 10,682 units, the Journey crossover saw sales grow 56 percent to 5789 vehicles, and the Caravan minivan rose 32 percent to 12,418 copies. The Dodge Challenger muscle car recorded 4816 sales last month, up 41 percent year-over-year -- that's 5611 fewer sales than the Ford Mustang. At the same time, the Dodge Charger saw sales drop 14 percent to 6735 cars, and the Durango recorded a 12-percent decline to 3848 monthly sales.
Ram - 26,373 sales, up 23 percent
The Ram pickup truck family remains a solid seller, with sales up 29 percent to 26,040 units. The company notes that quad-cab trucks remain the highest volume version, but regular-cab models posted the largest growth last month. The Ram Cargo Van, which is based on a Dodge minivan, reported 307 sales -- but it wasn't on sale in May 2011, so we can't compare its sales growth.
Fiat - 4003 sales, up 128 percent
The Fiat brand may only have one model, but it's still attracting plenty of sales growth. Last month sales climbed 128 percent year-over-year to 4003 units, representing a new record for the year. May also marked the first full month of sales for the high-performance 500 Abarth, which helped bolster this month's numbers. That brings the total number of Fiat 500 models (including the Abarth) sold in the U.S. to 36,471 since the start of 2011.