TORONTO Feb 3 Chrysler Canada said on Monday
that its Canadian vehicle sales rose 4 percent in January from a
year earlier, buoyed by demand for both trucks and cars.
The Chrysler Group company, a unit of Fiat Chrysler
Automobiles, said total sales rose to 17,698 from
17,013 vehicles in the same period last year.
Truck sales grew 4 percent to 15,023 vehicles, while car
sales climbed 4.2 percent to 2,675 vehicles.
The data includes a 9 percent jump for sales of the Dodge
Grand Caravan, to 3,030 vehicles, a 1 percent increase for Ram
Pickup sales, to 5,433 units, and an 82 percent jump in Fiat
branded vehicles to 596 for the month.
"In the history of Chrysler Canada, we have never had a
stronger product lineup to fuel our efforts, leading to 50
months of year-over-year sales growth," said Chrysler Canada
Chief Operating Officer Dave Buckingham in a statement.
In the United States, Ford and GM saw their January auto
sales plummet, missing analysts' estimates for the month.
Early sales data was mixed for other companies and brands,
however, with Chrysler and Nissan North America reporting
increased sales that topped expectations.
General Motors Co, Ford Motor Co and Toyota
Motor Sales USA, the top three U.S. sellers, blamed bad
weather for their weak performance.