DETROIT -- Chrysler Group sales climbed 16 percent last month to 142,275, boosted by a strong launch of the 2014 Jeep Cherokee and brisk sales of other SUVs and pickups.
It was Chrysler's best November since 2007, and its 44th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains.
Jeep recorded its best November sales ever, up 30 percent to 45,415 units. The mid-sized Cherokee posted 10,169 sales in its first full month on the market. The vehicle launched with minimal fleet sales and sales incentives, Chrysler said
The Cherokee launch was delayed for weeks earlier this fall to allow engineers to recalibrate the software operating its nine-speed automatic transmission. By the time the SUV was ready to be shipped to dealers in late October, Chrysler had more 25,000 units in inventory. Chrysler spokesman Ralph Kisiel said most dealers had their full allotment by mid-November, unusual for a new vehicle.
Four vehicles in the automaker's lineup had record November sales: the Jeep Wrangler and Patriot, the Dodge Dart and the Ram Cargo van.
Ram pickup sales rose 25 percent to their best November in a decade.
Sales of the Chrysler brand climbed 12 percent in November, while Dodge brand sales were up 4 percent.
Both of the automaker's minivans posted double-digit sales gains in November, while its two mid-sized sedans, the Chrysler 200 and Dodge Avenger, posted double-digit declines.
Fiat brand sales continued to struggle in November. The brand was down 15 percent last month because of a 41 percent decline in sales of the Fiat 500 minicar. For the year, the Fiat brand is now down 1 percent.
Chrysler finished the month with a 91-day supply of unsold inventory. Sixty days is considered normal. c