Chrysler volume jumps 20% as 11 of 21 models set records

DETROIT -- Chrysler Group set monthly or all-time records for 11 of its 21 vehicles, pushing its U.S. sales up 20 percent in November, with strong increases from Ram, Chrysler and Jeep.

The automaker sold 170,839 vehicles last month in the U.S., its 56th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases. Some of the strongest sales gains came from vehicles that were either new or redesigned onto Fiat platforms, such as the Jeep Cherokee, Chrysler 200 and Dodge Dart.

Chrysler Group’s U.S. sales include the Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram brands, as well as Fiat and Alfa Romeo, while parent company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ U.S. sales totals also include the Maserati and Ferrari brands.

Jeep sales climbed 27 percent from a year ago, led by the Cherokee, which was up 67 percent. The Cherokee outsold both the larger Wrangler and Grand Cherokee for the third consecutive month. The Cherokee, Wrangler and Patriot all recorded their best November sales ever.

Ram brand sales were up 31 percent in November, led by its lineup of pickups, which recorded their best November sales. Sales of the half-ton Ram 1500 were up 30 percent from the same month a year ago, while heavy-duty pickup sales climbed 3 percent. Both of the brand’s cargo vans -- the full-size ProMaster and the Ram C/V, based on the Dodge Grand Caravan -- set all-time sales records in November.

Chrysler brand sales rose 30 percent last month. Sales of the Chrysler 200 more than doubled over the previous year and set a November sales record for the model. It also marked the first time that the redesigned 200 exceeded the combined sales of the previous model and its former linemate, the Dodge Avenger.

Sales of the Dodge brand rose 1 percent, as monthly record sales of the Dodge Dart and November sales records for both the Challenger and Journey offset declines for the Grand Caravan, Durango and Charger.

Fiat brand sales also rose 1 percent as a 20 percent sales increase in the 500L offset a 7 percent drop in sales of the Fiat 500 minicar in the U.S.

November also marked the first 24 U.S. sales for the Alfa Romeo brand, which returned to the country for the first time since 1995 with the 4C sport coupe.

Chrysler finished the month with an 80-day supply of unsold inventory on hand.

You can reach Larry P. Vellequette at lvellequette@autonews.com -- Follow Larry P. on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LarryVellequett

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