DETROIT -- Sharply higher sales of the Ram 1500 and monthly records for seven other vehicles propelled Chrysler Group to an 8 percent sales gain in June.
The automaker now has posted 39 consecutive months of year-over-year sales gains.
Chrysler sold 156,686 units in June, led by the Ram brand's 23 percent increase. Dodge brand sales were up 12 percent, and both the Fiat and Chrysler brands posted 1 percent gains for the month.
Ram's re-engineered pickups posted strong gains, with Ram 1500 sales rising 36 percent. Ram heavy-duty models, introduced this spring, posting a 5 percent gain.
Throughout June, Jeep made headlines over a dispute with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over whether to recall older Jeep Grand Cherokees and Libertys regarding potential fuel-tank fires. Nevertheless, the Jeep Wrangler, Compass and Patriot posted sales records for June, and the Grand Cherokee posted its best June sales in eight years.
Jeep sales in June were flat, in part because the Liberty ended production last August and is being replaced by the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, due in dealerships in volume at the end of the third quarter.
The Chrysler 200, Dodge Challenger and Dart and the Ram Cargo Van also set sales records in June.
The 2013 Dodge Dart, which suffered from a slow rollout last summer, recorded slightly more than 70,000 sales during its first 12 months on the market. It is on pace to reach about 90,000 sales this calendar year.
Chrysler said it ended the month with a 68-day supply of unsold inventory, up from the 62-day supply it had at the end of May.