Chrysler Group rode strong sales of pickups and SUVs to an 11 percent sales increase in April, its 37th consecutive month of higher year-over-year sales.
The company reported U.S. sales of 156,698 vehicles last month, its best April sales since 2007 and about 15,500 units more than the previous April.
The re-engineered Ram pickup, which had a 49 percent sales increase last month to 31,409 units, accounted for about two-thirds of the company's higher April volume.
After six consecutive months of sales declines, Jeep sales were up 2 percent in April, a significant achievement considering Liberty production ended last year.
Grand Cherokee sales rose 27 percent over last April, while the Compass climbed 23 percent. Production of the Liberty ended last August to make way for the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, which goes into production in June.
The same was not true of the Chrysler brand, which posted its third consecutive month of sales declines -- down 13 percent in April. A 4 percent increase for the Town & Country minivan failed to overcome the 47 percent fall in sales of the 300 and a 6 percent decline in sales of the 200.
Dodge brand sales climbed 18 percent in April, led by a 65 percent increase in sales of the Durango. The Journey and Challenger also had double-digit sales gains, offsetting declines by the Grand Caravan, Avenger and Charger. The Dart compact sedan posted its best sales month since its launch last June, recording 8,099 sales.
Chrysler also posted 60 sales of the re-engineered 2013 SRT Viper car.
The company said it had 415,019 unsold vehicles in inventory, a 66 days' supply.