Chrysler Group LLC Reports November 2012 U.S. Sales Increased 14 Percent; Best November Sales in Five Years

Chrysler Group LLC Reports November 2012 U.S. Sales Increased 14 Percent; Best
                         November Sales in Five Years

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Dec. 3, 2012

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

  oBest November sales since 2007
  o32nd-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains
  oChrysler, Dodge, Ram Truck, and FIAT brands each post sales increases in
    November compared with same month a year ago
  oFIAT brand sales up 123 percent in November; largest year-over-year
    percentage increase of any Chrysler Group brand
  oFiat 500 sets sales record for month of November
  oFIAT brand expands product lineup with four additional models at Los
    Angeles Auto Show – Fiat 500e, Fiat 500L, Fiat 500L Trekking, and Fiat 500
    Abarth Cabrio
  oDodge brand sales up 32 percent; best November sales since 2007
  oDodge Journey full-size crossover sets sales record for month of November
    with 77 percent sales gain
  oDodge Grand Caravan sales increase 42 percent; best November sales since
    2007
  oDodge Charger sales up 24 percent; best November sales since 2007
  oDodge Avenger mid-size sedan posts sizeable 26 percent sales increase
  oDodge brand re-introduces legendary Charger Daytona at Los Angeles Auto
    Show
  oRam Truck brand sales up 23 percent versus same month a year ago; best
    November sales since 2007
  oRam pickup truck posts 23 percent sales gain; named 'Truck of the Year' by
    Ruedas ESPN, the leading Spanish automotive radio show in U.S.
  oRam Truck brand to develop new large van for North American market; sales
    slated to begin third quarter of 2013
  oRam Truck brand launches new Ram Commercial truck division
  oChrysler brand sales up 1 percent; best November sales since 2008
  oChrysler 300 flagship sedan posts 17 percent sales gain
  oChrysler Town & Country minivan sales up 3 percent in November; best
    November sales since 2009
  oJeep® Wrangler sets sales record for month of November with 12 percent
    increase
  oJeep Wrangler receives two 2013 Best Resale Value Awards from Kelley Blue
    Book's kbb.com
  oJeep brand introduces new, limited-production Wrangler Rubicon
    10th-Anniversary Edition at Los Angeles Auto Show
  oBest Jeep Grand Cherokee sales since 2005; second best sales month this
    year
  oJeep Patriot, America's best priced SUV, had its strongest November sales
    since 2007
  oDodge Dart, Ram 1500 and SRT Viper earn 2013 Hispanic Motor Press Awards

Chrysler Group LLC today reported U.S. sales of 122,565 units, a 14 percent
increase compared with sales in November 2011 (107,172 units), and the group's
best November sales since 2007.

The Chrysler, Dodge, Ram Truck and FIAT brands each posted year-over-year
sales gains in November compared with the same month last year. The FIAT
brand's 123 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any Chrysler Group
brand for the month. November marked Chrysler Group's 32nd-consecutive month
of year-over-year sales gains.

"Even with all the talk of a looming fiscal cliff, Chrysler Group is well
positioned for a strong sales finish to the year," said Reid Bigland,
President and CEO – Dodge Brand and Head of U.S. Sales. "Our November sales
were up 14 percent and we extended our sales streak to 32-consecutive months
of year-over-year sales gains. We are expecting a strong December as the
industry continues to recover from the East Coast hurricane and consumers
continue to respond to our popular year-end Big Finish event."

Models that contributed to Chrysler Group's 14 percent sales increase include
the Fiat 500, the Dodge Journey full-size crossover, and the iconic Jeep®
Wrangler sport-utility vehicle, each setting a sales record for the month of
November. The Journey's 77 percent sales gain was the largest percentage
increase of any Dodge brand model in November.

Two Chrysler Group sedans weighed in with significant sales increases in
November. Sales of the sporty Dodge Avenger mid-size sedan were up 26 percent
while the flagship Chrysler 300 full-size sedan recorded a 17 percent sales
gain in November. The Dodge Grand Caravan minivan and the Ram pickup truck
each posted sizeable gains as well in November.

Chrysler Group finished the month with a 90-days supply of inventory (442,241
units). U.S. industry sales figures for November are projected at an estimated
15.3 million units Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR).

November 2012 U.S. Sales Highlights by Brand

FIAT Brand

Fiat 500 sales were up a hefty 123 percent, a sales record for the month of
November. It was the ninth-consecutive month this year in which the Fiat 500
has set a sales record, including an all-time sales record in September. Sales
of the Fiat 500 hatchback were up 143 percent in November while the Fiat 500
Cabrio posted a 41 percent year-over-year sales gain.

The FIAT brand expanded its product family with four additional Fiat 500
models during last week's Los Angeles Auto Show media preview. The 2013 Fiat
500e features an all-new battery-electric powertrain; the 2014 Fiat 500L adds
two doors plus spacious seating for five; the 2014 Fiat 500L Trekking expands
the appeal and practicality of the Fiat 500L with distinct, rugged looks; and
the 2013 Fiat 500 Abarth Cabrio combines turbocharged, track-capable
performance with a clever open-top design.

Dodge Brand

Dodge brand sales were up 32 percent in November, the brand's best November
sales in five years and its 18th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales
gains. Dodge brand sales of 40,075 units represented the largest sales volume
of any Chrysler Group brand in November.

Three Dodge models posted significant double-digit percentage increases in
November. The versatile Dodge Journey crossover set a sales record for the
month of November with its 77 percent increase, the largest percentage
increase of any Dodge brand model during the month. November marked the eighth
month this year in which the Journey has set a sales record, including an
all-time sales record in August. The Dodge Grand Caravan, the brand's volume
leader for the month, posted a 42 percent sales gain, the minivan's
11th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains and its best November
sales in five years. Sales of the Dodge Avenger mid-size sedan were up a
substantial 26 percent compared with the same month a year ago. Sales of the
Dodge Durango SUV, with its spacious three-row, seven-passenger interior,
increased 4 percent in November versus the same month last year.

Consumers continue to respond strongly to the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart.
Calendar year to date, the average transaction price for a Dart is more than
$22,000, the highest average transaction price in the compact car segment and
more than $5,000 higher than Dodge's previous compact car, the Dodge Caliber.
In addition the Dart just received its 20th award when it was named "Best
Sedan" by Ruedas ESPN, the leading Spanish-language automotive radio show in
the U.S. The Dart also was recognized by the Hispanic Motor Press Association
with a 2013 Hispanic Motor Press Award in the Compact Car category. The awards
recognize the most impressive overall new vehicles of the calendar year as
judged by an all Latino panel.

The Dodge brand re-introduced the legendary Charger Daytona at the Los Angeles
Auto Show last month. Available in Charger R/T and Charger R/T Road & Track
trim levels, the 2013 Dodge Charger Daytona brings back the unique style of
the historic Daytona package with all the modern performance and technology
offered in the current Charger lineup. Just 2,500 units of the Daytona will be
produced in this limited-production run.

Ram Truck Brand

Ram Truck brand sales were up 23 percent in November, the brand's best
November sales in five years. The Ram pickup truck, Chrysler Group's volume
leader, extended its streak of year-over-year sales gains to 31-consecutive
months. Sales of the Ram pickup truck were up 23 percent in November versus
the same month a year ago. It was the pickup truck's best November sales
performance in five years. The Heavy Duty Ram led the way, up 26 percent,
while sales of the Light Duty Ram trucks increased 24 percent.

The Ram 1500 took home four major awards during November including "Urban
Truck of the Year" from Decisive Magazine in conjunction with its "2013 Urban
Vehicles of the Year" list, and "Truck of the Year" at the 2012 Ruedas ESPN
Awards in Miami. The pickup truck was honored with a 2013 Automotive
Excellence Award from Popular Mechanics magazine in the "Hauling Category" and
was recognized by the Hispanic Motor Press Association with a 2013 Hispanic
Motor Press Award in the Pickup Truck category.

The Ram Cargo Van posted a 226 percent sales increase compared with the same
month last year, setting a sales record for the month of November. The Ram
Truck brand announced last week at the Los Angeles Auto Show that it will
develop a new large van for the North American market, which will go on sale
beginning in the third quarter of 2013. The 2014 Ram ProMaster will compete
with other full-size commercial vans.

The Ram Truck brand also announced in Los Angeles that it is launching a new
division to focus on commercial truck development, sales and support in a
growing market. The new Ram Commercial organization offers a full line of
industrial-strength trucks built for workers and businesses to provide maximum
capability and productivity while delivering low total cost of ownership.

Chrysler Brand

Chrysler brand sales were up 1 percent in November, the brand's best November
sales in four years. The Chrysler brand extended its streak of year-over-year
sales gains to 17-consecutive months in November. Sales of the brand's
flagship Chrysler 300 sedan were up 17 percent compared with the same month
last year, the full-size sedan's 13th-consecutive month of year-over-year
sales gains. Sales of the Chrysler Town & Country minivan were up 3 percent
versus the same month a year ago. The Chrysler brand unveiled the 2013 Town &
Country S model at the Los Angeles Auto Show last week. The Town & Country S
is the latest "S" model in the Chrysler brand lineup, joining the 200 sedan
and convertible and the 300 sedan. The Town & Country S gets exterior and
interior enhancements designed for active and style-minded consumers, as well
as certain standard equipment commonly associated with top-line models.

Jeep® Brand

Jeep brand sales were down 3 percent in November due to the end of Jeep
Liberty production in August and some lingering effects of Hurricane Sandy on
Chrysler Group dealerships in the Northeast, one of the Jeep brand's strongest
markets. The Jeep Wrangler set a sales record for the month of November with
its 12 percent sales gain. For the third consecutive year, the Wrangler has
been named Best Resale Value in its class by Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com. The
Wrangler also landed on kbb.com's Top 10 list for the second year in a row.
These prestigious awards honor vehicles expected to maintain the greatest
proportion of their original list price after five years of ownership.
November was the eighth month this year in which the Wrangler has set a sales
record, including an all-time sales record in June.

The Jeep Grand Cherokee – the most awarded SUV ever – had its best November
sales since 2005. The Grand Cherokee posted sales of 13,619 units, the model's
second best sales month this year. Sales of the Jeep Patriot, designed to
appeal to compact-SUV buyers who want traditional Jeep styling with
best-in-class off-road capability at an affordable price, were up 4 percent,
the model's best November in five years. The Jeep brand introduced the new
2013 Jeep Patriot Freedom Edition in November. It joins the previously
announced Wrangler Freedom Edition as a tribute to United States military
members past and present.

The Jeep brand, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the wildly popular Jeep
Wrangler Rubicon model, also introduced a new, limited-production 2013
Wrangler Rubicon 10th Anniversary Edition at the Los Angeles Auto Show last
week. It is the most capable factory-produced Jeep Wrangler ever, packed with
equipment that die-hard, off-road enthusiasts love. The Rubicon 10th
Anniversary edition will arrive in showrooms in the spring of 2013.

Chrysler Group LLC U.S. Sales Summary Thru November 2012
                          Month Sales Vol %  Sales CYTD          Vol %
Model                    Curr Yr  Pr Yr    Change Curr Yr   Pr Yr     Change
500                      3,603    1,618    123%   40,065    17,444    130%
FIAT BRAND               3,603    1,618    123%   40,065    17,444    130%
200                      7,371    8,065    -9%    116,396   77,820    50%
Sebring                  0        0               0         2,380     -100%
300                      4,759    4,066    17%    63,572    31,143    104%
PT Cruiser               0        0               0         1,328     -100%
Town & Country           6,636    6,446    3%     102,486   84,701    21%
CHRYSLER BRAND           18,766   18,577   1%     282,454   197,372   43%
Compass                  2,715    4,262    -36%   37,104    43,454    -15%
Patriot                  4,174    4,013    4%     57,444    50,247    14%
Wrangler                 10,337   9,225    12%    130,124   111,045   17%
Liberty                  4,202    5,201    -19%   71,975    60,523    19%
Grand Cherokee           13,619   13,545   1%     137,613   110,398   25%
Commander                0        0               0         105       -100%
JEEP BRAND               35,047   36,246   -3%    434,260   375,772   16%
Caliber                  32       1,202    -97%   10,145    33,632    -70%
Dart                     4,489    0        New    19,198    0         New
Avenger                  7,132    5,643    26%    89,508    57,807    55%
Charger                  6,316    5,099    24%    74,725    62,878    19%
Challenger               2,868    2,996    -4%    39,177    36,250    8%
Viper                    0        5        -100%  20        161       -88%
Journey                  6,569    3,711    77%    71,875    50,445    42%
Caravan                  8,578    6,053    42%    127,308   98,983    29%
Nitro                    0        1,661    -100%  3,269     22,445    -85%
Durango                  4,091    3,947    4%     37,373    46,891    -20%
DODGE BRAND             40,075   30,317   32%    472,598   409,492   15%
Dakota                   0        449      -100%  490       11,748    -96%
Ram P/U                  24,337   19,739   23%    263,152   218,749   20%
Cargo Van                737      226      226%   6,401     518       New
RAM BRAND                25,074   20,414   23%    270,043   231,015   17%
TOTAL CHRYSLER GROUP LLC 122,565  107,172  14%    1,499,420 1,231,095 22%
 TOTAL CAR      36,570   28,694   27%    452,806   319,518   42%
 TOTAL TRUCK    85,995   78,478   10%    1,046,614 911,580   15%

SOURCE Chrysler Group LLC

Website: http://www.chryslergroupllc.com
Contact: Ralph Kisiel, +1-248-512-2757 (office), +1-248-705-9688 (cell),
ralph.kisiel@chrysler.com
 
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