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AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Oct. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Chrysler Group reported sales for September 2006 of 168,888 units; a decline of 7 percent (4 percent decline, unadjusted) compared to September 2005 sales of 175,556 units. Sales are reported on an adjusted basis unless otherwise indicated.

"The new, more fuel-efficient products in our portfolio are available

in the marketplace, and customers are responding positively to their

arrival," said Steven Landry, Vice President - Sales and Field Operations,

Chrysler Group. "The Dodge Caliber and Jeep® Compass are both strong

selling products and the Dodge Nitro is showing great momentum in the short

time it has been available. And, we've got more great products to launch in

the fourth quarter."

The performance of several products in key segments such as minivans

and sport-utility vehicles posted significant sales gains during September,

while new product introductions continue to gain momentum and lead the way

for additional new product deliveries in the fourth quarter.

Minivans

Chrysler Group strengthened its leadership in the minivan segment with

the Dodge Caravan and the Chrysler Town & Country, both of which offer the

exclusive Stow 'n Go® seating and storage system. Sales for Chrysler

Group minivans increased 53 percent, posting sales of 33,122 units for

September. Previous year sales were 20,784 units.

Sport-utility Vehicles

The Jeep Commander contributed to a strong 11 percent increase in sales

of the sport-utility category for the Chrysler Group and a 22 percent rise

in Jeep brand sales. The Jeep Commander posted a monthly sales record of

9,780 units, an increase of 517 percent over September 2005 sales of 1,524

units, the first month it was available.

New Products

Several new products contributed to Chrysler Group sales and are

receiving positive customer response. The Dodge Caliber, which is making

headway in the small car segment, posted healthy sales of 8,243 units in

September. Since its inception, the Dodge Caliber has posted sales of

68,001 units.

The Jeep Compass continues its strong momentum, posting sales of 3,680

units, an increase of 85 percent over August 2006 sales of 2,061 units. The

Jeep Compass expands the product portfolio of the Jeep brand with an

all-new, modern-styled compact Jeep that delivers fun, freedom, utility,

excellent fuel efficiency and Jeep 4x4 capability at a terrific value.

The Chrysler Aspen launched in September, posted sales of 734 units,

while the Dodge Nitro posted sales of 966 units in its first month of

availability. The all-new 2007 Chrysler Aspen is the latest addition to the

Chrysler brand showroom -- a premium SUV that is a value alternative to

luxury-priced competitors while offering fuel-saving MDS technology,

best-in-class torque, horsepower and interior room.

Chrysler Group announces its "All About The Best" 0 percent financing

for 60 months on a majority of 2006 Chrysler, Jeep and Dodge products.

Qualifying customers can choose 0 percent financing for 60 months or cash

back amounts up to $6,000. The program runs through Oct. 31, 2006. Chrysler

300, Dodge Magnum, and Dodge Charger vehicles are excluded.

"We intend to remain competitive in the marketplace with great new

fuel- efficient product introductions like the Jeep Compass and Dodge

Nitro," said Michael Manley, Vice President - Sales Strategy and Dealer

Operations, Chrysler Group. "Our hallmark is great products at a great

value with the best of American and German engineering and design. We

intend to rely on those strengths and offer something truly unique to

customers in the market who want to buy a new vehicle."

Chrysler Group finished the month with 533,220 units of inventory, or

an 82-day supply.

           DaimlerChrysler Corporation U.S. Sales Summary Thru
                                September 2006


                         Month Sales        DR %     Vol %
            Model      Curr Yr    Pr Yr    Change   Change
    Sebring             1,664     6,116     -74%    -73%
    Concorde                0         0       0%      0%
    300                10,632    12,283     -17%    -13%
    Crossfire           1,431     1,227      12%     17%
    PT Cruiser         10,675    11,742     -13%     -9%
    Aspen                 734         0       0%      0%
    Pacifica            7,446     5,784      24%     29%
    Town & Country     14,629     8,394      68%     74%
      CHRYSLER BRAND   47,211    45,546       0%      4%
    Compass             3,680         0       0%      0%
    Wrangler            5,032     5,463     -11%     -8%
    Liberty            12,367    12,108      -2%      2%
    Grand Cherokee     11,034    14,025     -24%    -21%
    Commander           9,780     1,524     517%    542%
      JEEP BRAND       41,893    33,120      22%     26%
    Neon                   67    12,344     -99%    -99%
    Caliber             8,243         0       0%      0%
    Stratus               371     6,249     -94%    -94%
    Intrepid                0         0       0%      0%
    Charger            10,228     6,809      44%     50%
    Viper                 110        98       8%     12%
    Magnum              3,668     2,876      23%     28%
    Dakota              4,617     8,921     -50%    -48%
    Ram P/U            25,081    35,502     -32%    -29%
    Caravan            18,493    12,390      44%     49%
    Durango             5,652     9,656     -44%    -41%
    Nitro                 966         0       0%      0%
    Ram Van/Wagon           0         3    -100%   -100%
    Sprinter Van        2,288     2,042       8%     12%
      DODGE BRAND      79,784    96,890     -21%    -18%

      TOTAL CHRYSLER
       GROUP          168,888   175,556      -7%     -4%

        TOTAL CG
         CAR           33,716    45,941     -29%    -27%
        TOTAL CG
         TRUCK        135,172   129,615       0%      4%
    Selling Days           26        25


                          Sales CYTD        DR %      Vol %
            Model      Curr Yr    Pr Yr    Change    Change
    Sebring            46,726    68,543     -32%      -32%
    Concorde                0       210    -100%     -100%
    300               106,107   106,384      -1%        0%
    Crossfire           7,381    11,503     -36%      -36%
    PT Cruiser        106,114   100,179       5%        6%
    Aspen                 734         0       0%        0%
    Pacifica           60,885    67,282     -10%      -10%
    Town & Country    127,053   141,301     -10%      -10%
      CHRYSLER BRAND  455,000   495,402      -9%       -8%
    Compass             6,448         0       0%        0%
    Wrangler           54,234    64,697     -17%      -16%
    Liberty           103,214   130,986     -22%      -21%
    Grand Cherokee    109,158   163,821     -34%      -33%
    Commander          64,829     1,524    4135%     4154%
      JEEP BRAND      337,883   361,028      -7%       -6%
    Neon               17,044    99,332     -83%      -83%
    Caliber            68,001         0       0%        0%
    Stratus            50,284    77,167     -35%      -35%
    Intrepid                0       298    -100%     -100%
    Charger            87,768    23,721     268%      270%
    Viper               1,113     1,157      -4%       -4%
    Magnum             32,646    42,671     -24%      -23%
    Dakota             61,473    86,243     -29%      -29%
    Ram P/U           275,225   318,812     -14%      -14%
    Caravan           170,351   179,307      -5%       -5%
    Durango            53,417    90,792     -41%      -41%
    Nitro                 966         0       0%        0%
    Ram Van/Wagon           0       405    -100%     -100%
    Sprinter Van       16,777    14,337      17%       17%
      DODGE BRAND     835,065   934,242     -11%      -11%

      TOTAL CHRYSLER
       GROUP        1,627,948 1,790,672      -9%       -9%

        TOTAL CG
         CAR          394,407   403,838      -3%       -2%
        TOTAL CG
         TRUCK      1,233,541 1,386,834     -11%      -11%
    Selling Days          230       229

[source: Chrysler Group]

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No, Kia sold like 23k units. They're YTD is higher than Chrysler's one month thought, that's probably what you read.

It looks like the rental agencies didn't place many orders for the 300 this month.

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I see that the Dodge LX twins (Charger and Magnum) outsold the 300. Total LX sales for the month were over 27,000 - that projects to over 300,000 for a year, which I assume would be near Brampton Assembly's capacity.

Yes, the LX cars remain a success.

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