Chrysler continues global sales growth
The Chrysler Group has achieved growing sales in markets outside the US in the second quarter of 2007. From April to June, Chrysler sold 159,993 vehicles outside the US, an increase of 10.2% compared to the same period in 2006.
These second quarter figures include a sales increase of 10.7% in Canada (70,148 units) and a 20.4% sales increase outside of North America (61,743 units). In line with the decline of the Mexico automotive industry during the second quarter, Daimler Chrysler Mexico sales fell 8% to 28,102 units. The increases in sales were driven by the worldwide appeal and strong customer interest in the Chrysler Group`s new fuel-efficient models including the Chrysler Sebring, Jeep Compass, Jeep Patriot, Dodge Avenger and the Dodge Caliber.
"The growth in the second quarter of 2007 demonstrates that the Chrysler Group`s plan for sustainable, international growth is working," said Tom LaSorda, president and CEO, Chrysler Group. "Building on the solid sales momentum established during the first quarter of 2007, the second quarter sales increase is in line with the company`s plan to double international growth in five years."
The Chrysler Group`s worldwide vehicle sales increased by 3.3% during the second quarter of 2007 to a total of 735,837 units (2006: 712,521 units).
In the highly competitive market environment of the US, Chrysler Group sales declined 1.4% to 183,347 units in June 2007. For the second quarter, sales rose 1.5% to 575,844 units (2006: 567,302 units).
Maintaining its position as the second-largest seller of vehicles in Canada to date, DaimlerChrysler Canada finished the second quarter of 2007 by increasing sales 10.7% to 70,148 units (2006: 63,380 units). For the month of June, sales rose 24% to 22,029 units.
"We are very pleased with the strong Canadian market response to our new vehicles," said Reid Bigland, president and CEO of DaimlerChrysler Canada. "Driven primarily by retail sales of the fuel-efficient Dodge Caliber, Jeep Patriot and Jeep Compass models, Chrysler Group`s sales in Canada have risen for 11 straight months."
Posting its highest month ever of sales outside North America in June 2007, Chrysler Group`s International sales accelerated 20.7% to 22,901 units. Also, sustaining 25 consecutive months of year-over-year sales gains, Chrysler Group`s International sales increased 20.4% to 61,743 units during the second quarter of 2007 (2006: 51,280 units).
"The strength of our new product portfolio coupled with the support of our dealer network outside North America is driving the growth we have seen so far this year," said Michael Manley, executive vice president, international sales, marketing and business development, Chrysler Group. "We expect to maintain the double digit growth this year, including record export numbers, and continue to strategically grow production volumes and sales outlets outside North America for all three brands."