DETROIT -- Chrysler Group is offering new lease and financing options, including 0 percent financing for 72 months on most models, as it rolls out a wave of freshened cars and light trucks.
In addition, Chrysler kicked off a "volume voucher" program, which gives dealers $500 vouchers they can redeem by hitting sales objectives. The vouchers, a form of dealer cash, apply to certain 2010 and 2011 models.
Chrysler has been working to rebuild its leasing business since its former captive finance company, Chrysler Financial, was forced to stop leasing in summer 2008 as the credit crisis escalated. Ally Bank, formerly GMAC Financial Services, replaced Chrysler Financial as Chrysler's preferred lender as the preferred finance company for Chrysler dealers.
Chrysler Group sales picked up in late 2010, in part because of better credit options for customers. Sales rose 16 percent in December, compared to the U.S. industry's 11 percent increase.
For one new 2011 nameplate, the Chrysler 200, the automaker is offering customers a 36-month lease at $199 per month on the four-cylinder Touring model. The deal requires $2,999 at signing.
Chrysler also is offering lease deals on the Chrysler Town & Country Touring K minivan, the Dodge Avenger four-cylinder Mainstreet, the Dodge Journey Mainstreet and the Dodge Caravan Crew.
Dodge earlier announced lease deals on the Durango Citadel and Journey Lux models.