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Chrysler Group Reports U.S. Sales Increase for October 2006

  • Chrysler Group total sales increased 1 percent over last year
  • Retail sales increase substantially year-over-year
  • Fleet sales decline compared to last year
  • Jeep® brand sales increase 29 percent over October 2005
  • Dodge Truck sales improve 11 percent versus year ago levels
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Nov. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Chrysler Group

reported sales for October 2006 of 159,586 units, an increase of 1 percent

(3 percent decrease unadjusted) compared to October 2005 sales of 164,814

units. All sales are reported on a day-rate basis unless otherwise

indicated.

"Our retail sales were particularly strong in October, led by the

strength of key products like Jeep® Commander and the Dodge Ram pickup,"

said Steven Landry, Vice President - Sales and Field Operations, Chrysler

Group. "Combined with the exciting new products hitting our dealer

showrooms like Chrysler Sebring and Dodge Nitro, it's a great way to start

the fourth quarter."

New Products

The icon of the Jeep brand, Wrangler, posted a monthly sales record of

8,679 units, an increase of 102 percent compared to previous year results

of 4,475 units.

The all new-new Dodge Nitro is proving to be popular with customers as

shown by its strong month-over-month growth of 228 percent to 3,044 units.

In its first month of limited availability, September 2006, sales were 966

units.

Sales of the Chrysler Sebring are strong, despite limited availability

nationwide. October sales of the Chrysler Sebring totaled 2,892 units, an

increase of 181 percent over September 2006 sales of 1,664 units.

"The Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Nitro and Chrysler Sebring represent the

latest offerings of the Chrysler Group, delivering vehicles with

significant value with unique features that customers are looking for,"

said Landry. "Our dealers are excited about these new products and

customers are showing their support of them with their purchases."

Jeep

Sales of the Jeep brand increased 29 percent to 40,297 units. Last year

sales of the Jeep brand totaled 32,431 units.

The Jeep Liberty led the SUV segment, posting sales of 11,004 units, an

increase of 10 percent over October 2005 sales of 10,417 units.

The Jeep Commander posted October record sales of 8,079 units and rose

159 percent compared to October 2005 sales of 3,241 units.

Dodge

The Dodge Ram pickup led the Dodge brand with sales of 28,251 units, an

increase of 17 percent over October 2005 sales of 25,086 units. Overall

Dodge brand sales totaled 77,654 units relatively flat in comparison to

last year's sales of 80,617 units.

The Dodge Caliber remains strong with sales of 7,790 units. Total

year-to- date Dodge Caliber sales are 75,791 units.

The Dodge Dakota pickup posted sales of 4,943 units, an increase of 12

percent over October 2005 sales of 4,601 units.

Dodge Charger sales rose 26 percent to 8,619 units. October 2005 sales

were 7,119.

In the commercial products segment, the Dodge Sprinter van achieved a

record month, posting sales of 2,289 units, an increase of 28 percent over

previous year sales of 1,855 units.

Chrysler

The first SUV for the Chrysler brand, the Chrysler Aspen, totaled 1,524

units in its second month of availability, representing a month-over-month

increase of 116 percent. Overall Chrysler brand sales declined 16 percent

to 41,635 units versus October 2005 sales of 51,766 units.

"The Chrysler Group will remain competitive by focusing on the new

products already in the marketplace and on the remaining products yet to be

launched this year," said Michael Manley - Vice President, Sales Strategy

and Dealer Operations. "Our aggressive sales plan - in conjunction with our

dealers - has reduced 2006 model year inventories to less than 50 percent

of the total inventory and helped to start the fourth quarter on a good

note."

Chrysler Group finished the month with 508,724 units of dealer

inventory, or an 80-day supply.

      DaimlerChrysler Corporation U.S. Sales Summary Thru October 2006


                                               Month Sales    DR %   Vol %
                    Model                 Curr Yr    Pr Yr   Change Change
    Sebring                                  2,892     9,579   -69%   -70%
    Concorde                                     0         0     0%     0%
    300                                     10,518    12,835   -15%   -18%
    Crossfire                                  763     1,099   -28%   -31%
    PT Cruiser                              10,692    12,201    -9%   -12%
    Aspen                                    1,524         0     0%     0%
    Pacifica                                 5,578     5,741     1%    -3%
    Town & Country                           9,668    10,311    -2%    -6%
      CHRYSLER BRAND                        41,635    51,766   -16%   -20%

    Compass                                  3,342         0     0%     0%
    Wrangler                                 8,679     4,475   102%    94%
    Liberty                                 11,004    10,417    10%     6%
    Grand Cherokee                           9,193    14,298   -33%   -36%
    Commander                                8,079     3,241   159%   149%
      JEEP BRAND                            40,297    32,431    29%    24%

    Neon                                       195     5,519   -96%   -96%
    Caliber                                  7,790         0     0%     0%
    Stratus                                    363    11,127   -97%   -97%
    Intrepid                                     0         0     0%     0%
    Charger                                  8,619     7,119    26%    21%
    Viper                                      198       154    34%    29%
    Magnum                                   2,576     2,966   -10%   -13%
    Dakota                                   4,943     4,601    12%     7%
    Ram P/U                                 28,251    25,086    17%    13%
    Caravan                                 12,454    15,101   -14%   -18%
    Durango                                  6,932     7,089     2%    -2%
    Nitro                                    3,044         0     0%     0%
    Ram Van/Wagon                                0         0     0%     0%
    Sprinter Van                             2,289     1,855    28%    23%
      DODGE BRAND                           77,654    80,617     0%    -4%

      TOTAL CHRYSLER GROUP                 159,586   164,814     1%    -3%

          TOTAL CG CAR                      32,369    48,276   -30%   -33%
          TOTAL CG TRUCK                   127,217   116,538    14%     9%
    Selling Days                                25        26

                                                Sales CYTD       DR %   Vol %
                    Model                   Curr Yr     Pr Yr   Change Change
    Sebring                                   49,618     78,122   -36%   -36%
    Concorde                                       0        210  -100%  -100%
    300                                      116,625    119,219    -2%    -2%
    Crossfire                                  8,144     12,602   -35%   -35%
    PT Cruiser                               116,806    112,380     4%     4%
    Aspen                                      2,258          0     0%     0%
    Pacifica                                  66,463     73,023    -9%    -9%
    Town & Country                           136,721    151,612   -10%   -10%
      CHRYSLER BRAND                         496,635    547,168    -9%    -9%

    Compass                                    9,790          0     0%     0%
    Wrangler                                  62,913     69,172    -9%    -9%
    Liberty                                  114,218    141,403   -19%   -19%
    Grand Cherokee                           118,351    178,119   -34%   -34%
    Commander                                 72,908      4,765  1430%  1430%
      JEEP BRAND                             378,180    393,459    -4%    -4%

    Neon                                      17,239    104,851   -84%   -84%
    Caliber                                   75,791          0     0%     0%
    Stratus                                   50,647     88,294   -43%   -43%
    Intrepid                                       0        298  -100%  -100%
    Charger                                   96,387     30,840   213%   213%
    Viper                                      1,311      1,311     0%     0%
    Magnum                                    35,222     45,637   -23%   -23%
    Dakota                                    66,416     90,844   -27%   -27%
    Ram P/U                                  303,476    343,898   -12%   -12%
    Caravan                                  182,805    194,408    -6%    -6%
    Durango                                   60,349     97,881   -38%   -38%
    Nitro                                      4,010          0     0%     0%
    Ram Van/Wagon                                  0        405  -100%  -100%
    Sprinter Van                              19,066     16,192    18%    18%
      DODGE BRAND                            912,719  1,014,859   -10%   -10%

      TOTAL CHRYSLER GROUP                 1,787,534  1,955,486    -9%    -9%

          TOTAL CG CAR                       426,776    452,114    -6%    -6%
          TOTAL CG TRUCK                   1,360,758  1,503,372    -9%    -9%
    Selling Days                                 255        255

Source: http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories....04464954&EDATE=

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proof that they can't ride the 300 forever.

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Also proof the 300 can't ride fleet sales month after month. It would appear Hertz didn't need many this month.

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Wow the Viper's year to date sales are the same o_O

The Charger is doing really well, I'm impressed. As for the other cars, it's kind of all over the place. The 300 is down but not by assloads...I bet it'd do better with the 5-speed available in the 3.5... So far people seem to like the Sebring and Nitro, so good for DCX...wheel see how long it lasts.

They might be ok once they have more availability of the Nitro, Sebring, Wrangler, and the updated Durango along with the Avenger and Patriot...followed by the minivans.

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The Charger is doing really well, I'm impressed. As for the other cars, it's kind of all over the place. The 300 is down but not by assloads...I bet it'd do better with the 5-speed available in the 3.5... So far people seem to like the Sebring and Nitro, so good for DCX...wheel see how long it lasts.

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It all depends of % sold to fleet.

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Also proof the 300 can't ride fleet sales month after month. It would appear Hertz didn't need many this month.

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Possible, but my bets are that retail sales were down on the 300 itself instead of fleet sales. I'm guessing 3,500+ of the 10,518 were still heading to Thrifty or Hertz.

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