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Chrysler posted a $1.7 bil profit in '12 and forecast more than $2 bil this year. Improving auto sales in the U.S., where it competes with GM (GM) and Ford (NYSE:F), helped boost profit to 9 times the level of the prior year. Chrysler, majority-owned by Italy's Fiat, said global sales rose 20% last year to $65.8 bil.