Chrysler posted the biggest growth of the Detroit automakers in June. It also outsold Toyota, Honda, Nissan and the combined totals of Hyundai and Kia, despite the fact both Hyundai and Kia set new all-time June sales records. Chrysler sales were up 30.2 percent last month.
The Jeep Cherokee/Dodge Durango stablemates scored some major bragging rights in June, outselling the hot new Ford Explorer. It was 14.796 to 10,422 in favor of the Chrysler offerings.
Bought a used Fusion for my m-in-law from a local Chrysler dealer- their sales volume had dropped from 400 cars per month to 40- the only thing that has saved them is the new Fiat 500 and they sold 25 the first month. As they say in the retail trade, a big increase on nothing is still......nothing.
Chrysler's were garbage a few years back and not a heck of a lot better now. I owned a string of Dodge's and I wouldn't own another if you gave it to me. I currently drive a 2006 Ford Fusion and am very satisfied. No mechanical failures period; 55k miles.
Let's back off these sales comparisons for the time being. I suggest we hold comparisions until next year and see what they're doing against sales this year.
I hope it's no secret Ford's new model introduction program is rather empty until next year. While both GM and Chrysler have a large new model introduction program beginning late this summer.
All that said, let's look at sales numbers NOT compared to last year. How volume is growing makes much more interesting reading.
Have owned several Chrysler products, but never again. Style can't cover poor quality or marginal engineering. That said, did see the new Fiat 500 on the highway. It looks better than the photos. Problem will be the dealer who sells it may not be there in a few weeks.
Fly, I read recently Chrysler is testing Ram trucks with a light duty 4 cylinder from Cummins. I saw this either on 'allpar" or "leftlane".
How's the book so far? The last chapter is very interesting indeed. He basically confirms rumors floating around prior to the Chap 11.
I would not say Chyrsler is kicking F's butt, but I do like what Chrysler is doing with small diesel's. Ford needs to offer that diesel focus here, I would buy one in a second (instead of a Tdi). Also needs to offer a Ranger diesel or that F100 that US won't get.
Efforts on electric cars fine, but why not also offer the diesels for those of us that drive far?
Diesels a better way to go, we are the only nation clinging to gasoline dominated transportation, and that will change as gas only becomes more expensive.