Increasing consumer demand for Ram pickup trucks and big SUVs has helped to boost May sales forChrysler. Ram sales were up a total of 24 percent year-over-year for the month of May. In addition, Dodgesales increased by 23 percent in May, with the standout Durango clocking a 24-percent year-over-year improvement (with an updated 2014 model in the wings, incentives are thick on the ground for 2013 inventory). Fiat and Jeep were up only a modest one percent, however, and Chrysler brand sales were down by two percent against last year’s figures.
Chrysler is quite pleased overall with brand performance, saying that this May marks the company’s strongest in the past six years. It was also the 38th consecutive month showing year-over-year sales gains.
Eight of the automaker’s vehicles set sales records for May, as well: Jeep Wrangler and Compass, Dodge Avenger and Challenger, Fiat 500, Chrysler 200 and Ram pickups.