Chrysler Reports Best U.S. April Sales Since 2008

Company saw 22% sales increase from April of last year

Chrysler Group LLC, on May 3, reported U.S. sales of 117,225, a 22% increase compared with sales in April 2010 (95,703 units), and the best April sales since 2008.

The company said that the new 2011 Chrysler 200 and the new 2011 Dodge Avenger mid-size sedans helped drive the significant increase in sales.

Sales of the new 2012 Fiat 500 were up 76% compared with the previous month of March 2011.

"Both our retail car and truck sales were up significantly in April as we continued to build upon our sales growth momentum on the heels of a solid first quarter," said Fred Diaz, CEO of Ram Truck Brand and lead executive for U.S. Sales. "Our truck and SUV sales remained strong in April even in the face of rising gas prices at the pump. Our new product line up is resonating quite well with consumers.

The Jeep, Dodge and Ram Truck brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in April. The Jeep brand's 65% increase was the largest of the Chrysler Group brands.

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