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Chrysler Group LLC Reports February 2013 U.S. Sales Increased 4 Percent; Best February Sales in Five Years

Chrysler Group LLC Reports February 2013 U.S. Sales Increased 4 Percent; Best
                         February Sales in Five Years

PR Newswire

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., March 1, 2013

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., March 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

  oBest February sales since 2008
  o35th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains
  oDodge, Ram Truck, and FIAT brands each post sales increases in February
    compared with same month a year ago
  oDodge brand sales increase 30 percent; best February sales since 2007 and
    largest year-over-year percentage increase of any Chrysler Group brand
  oDodge Dart sales increase 8 percent month over month; best sales month
    since June launch last year
  oDodge Dart, Ram 1500, Fiat 500 Abarth, and SRT Viper each earn a MotorWeek
    Drivers' Choice Award in February
  oDodge Challenger muscle car sets all-time sales record; sales up 34
    percent in February
  oDodge Avenger mid-size sedan sets sales record for month of February with
    52 percent sales gain
  oDodge Journey full-size crossover sets sales record for month of February;
    sales up 21 percent
  oDodge Durango sales up 38 percent; best February sales since 2006
  oRam pickup truck sales up 3 percent; best February sales since 2007
  oNew 2014 Ram ProMaster full-size van debuts at Chicago Auto Show with
    best-in-class features focused on the commercial customer
  oRam Truck brand to build industry's only light-duty diesel pickup
    beginning in the third quarter
  oRam Truck brand is the most-improved brand in the J.D. Power and
    Associates 2013 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study
  oFiat 500 sets sales record for month of February with 2 percent sales gain
  oChrysler 200 mid-size sedan sets sales record for the month of February
    with 18 percent increase
  oJeep® brand unveils the 2014 Jeep Cherokee, its all-new mid-size
    sport-utility vehicle
  oJeep Patriot compact SUV sets sales record for month of February with 24
    percent sales gain
  oJeep Wrangler sets sales record for month of February; sales up 8 percent
  oJeep Compass sales up 36 percent; best February sales since 2007

Chrysler Group LLC today reported U.S. sales of 139,015 units, a 4 percent
increase compared with sales in February 2012 (133,521 units), and the group's
best February sales since 2008.

The Dodge, Ram Truck and FIAT brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in
February compared with the same month last year. The Dodge brand's 30 percent
increase was the largest sales gain of any Chrysler Group brand in February.

While Chrysler Group extended its streak of year-over-year sales gains in
February to 35-consecutive months, sales and shipment volumes for the first
quarter of 2013 are being negatively affected by the end of Jeep Liberty
production in Q3 2012 and the on-going product launches during the quarter of
the new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Jeep Compass, and the new 2013 Ram Heavy
Duty truck line. As the Chairman and CEO of Chrysler Group LLC, Sergio
Marchionne, pointed out in the 2012 Q4 and full-year earnings call at the end
of January, due to the aforementioned vehicle launches, Chrysler Group's
first-quarter volumes are expected to be lower than the volumes reached during
the same quarter in 2012.

"In spite of a cautious ramp up of some of our most popular products which
limited inventory last month, we still managed to record our strongest
February sales in five years and our 35th-consecutive month of year-over-year
sales growth," said Reid Bigland, Head of U.S. Sales. "Looking ahead, we
expect to get our inventory gaps corrected over the next 90 days resulting in
additional products contributing to our growth."

February was a record-setting month for eight Chrysler Group vehicles. The
all-new Dodge Dart compact car continued to build momentum setting an all-time
sales record in February with its 8 percent month-over-month sales gain. In
addition to the Dart, the Dodge Challenger muscle car set an all-time sales
record with its 34 percent sales gain. Two additional Dodge brand models set
records as well. The Dodge Avenger mid-size sedan and Dodge Journey full-size
crossover each set a sales record for the month of February.

Two Jeep® brand vehicles had record-setting February sales. The Jeep Patriot
compact SUV and the iconic Jeep Wrangler each set sales records for month of
February, as did the Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan and Fiat 500.

Ram pickup truck sales increased 3 percent in February, compared with the same
month a year ago. The pickup truck was Chrysler Group's top-selling vehicle by
volume in February followed by the Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan and the Dodge
Grand Caravan minivan.

Chrysler Group finished the month with a 71-days supply of inventory (413,989
units). U.S. industry sales figures for February are projected at an estimated
15.5 million units Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR).

February 2013 U.S. Sales Highlights by Brand

Dodge Brand

Dodge brand sales were up 30 percent in February, the brand's best February
sales in six years and its 21st-consecutive month of year-over-year sales
gains. The Dodge brand's 30 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any
Chrysler Group brand in February.

Four Dodge brand vehicles set sales records in February led by the all-new
Dodge Dart, named Best Compact Car in MotorWeek's annual Drivers' Choice
Awards. Dart sales were up 8 percent month-over-month in February, the model's
best monthly sales since Dodge dealers began selling the Dart in June last
year. Like the Dart, the Dodge Challenger set an all-time sales record in
February with a 34 percent increase in year-over-year sales. The Challenger
has been on a torrid sales pace for the last 13 months, setting nine sales
records, including three all-time sales records, during that period.

The Dodge brand produced two additional record setters in February. The Dodge
Avenger mid-size sedan and Dodge Journey full-size crossover each set sales
records for the month of February. It was the Avenger's 17th-consecutive month
of year-over-year sales gains, and it was the ninth-consecutive month that the
Journey, the most affordable seven-passenger crossover in the United States,
has set a sales record.

Ram Truck Brand

Sales of the Ram pickup truck – Motor Trend's 2013 Truck of the Year – were up
3 percent in February, the truck's 34th-consecutive month of year-over-year
sales gains. It was the truck's best February sales in six years. Sales of the
Light Duty Ram pickup increased 2 percent while Heavy Duty Ram sales were up
14 percent. The Ram 1500 was named Best Pickup Truck in MotorWeek's annual
Drivers' Choice Awards in February. Ram Truck brand sales were up 2 percent in
February compared with the same month a year ago. The Ram Truck brand was
named in February as the most improved brand in the J.D. Power and Associates
2013 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS). The brand moved up 20 positions
in the brand rankings compared to the 2012 VDS, with 30 percent fewer problems
reported per 100 vehicles.

The Ram Truck brand unveiled its new 2014 Ram ProMaster full-size van at the
Chicago Auto Show in February. The ProMaster puts Ram Truck back into the
expanding, purpose-built, full-size van segment with best-in-class features
focused on the commercial customer. Coming from a strong background of
commercial vehicles produced by Fiat Professional, the ProMaster is based on
the Fiat Ducato, which has been in production for more than 30 years.

ProMaster boasts numerous best-in-class features that are appreciated by the
hard-working customers of Ram's new van. Best-in-class fuel efficiency, cargo
capacity, usability and of course total cost of ownership all combine to
deliver a proven solution for businesses and fleets. Start of ProMaster
production is scheduled for third quarter of 2013. All configurations will be
produced at the Saltillo Van Assembly Plant in Saltillo, Mexico.

Also in the third quarter, the Ram Truck brand will become the only brand to
offer a small-displacement diesel for its half-ton line of trucks. The 2014
Ram 1500 will offer a new, 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine, mated with the
eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission. The powertrain is expected to
deliver an outstanding combination of best-in-class fuel efficiency,
best-in-class torque and impressive capability.

FIAT Brand

Sales of the Fiat 500 were up 2 percent in February, a sales record for the
month of February. It was the 12th-consecutive month in which the Fiat 500 has
set a sales record, including an all-time sales record in September last year.
The Fiat 500 Abarth was named Best Sport Coupe in MotorWeek's annual Drivers'
Choice Awards last month. MotorWeek, television's original automotive
magazine, has judged the best new cars and trucks of the year for the past 32
years. Its annual Drivers' Choice Awards looks at vehicles from a buyer's
point of view, judging on value and reliability, while also taking the latest
trends and innovation into consideration.

Chrysler Brand

Chrysler brand sales were up 21 percent month-over-month versus sales in
January, while down 7 percent compared to the same month a year ago. The
Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan set a sales record for the month of February with
its 18 percent sales gain. The 200 was the Chrysler Group's second-best
selling vehicle in February, coming in behind only the Ram pickup truck, which
was the volume leader. The Chrysler Town & Country, America's most awarded
minivan and recent winner of the Polk Loyalty Award for a record 12th-straight
year, is off to a fast start this year with month-over-month sales up 32
percent compared with sales in January.

Two new editions of the brand's flagship Chrysler 300 full-size sedan are
beginning to arrive in dealership showrooms. The Chrysler 300 Glacier Edition
combines the segment's most advanced all-wheel-drive system with unique design
appointments, world-class technologies, and a fresh look to the stylish and
sophisticated 300 series sedan lineup. All-wheel-drive sales in February
represented more than 20 percent of 300 sales, continuing the upward trend for
the segment's most advanced all-wheel-drive system. The Chrysler 300C John
Varvatos Luxury Edition sedan is designed to be the most luxurious and
fuel-efficient Chrysler flagship sedan ever, while the 300C John Varvatos
Limited Edition surrounds its passengers with craftsmanship and an industrious
style that could only be "Imported from Detroit."

Jeep® Brand

Jeep brand sales were down 16 percent in February in the U.S. due to Jeep
Liberty production ending in August and the ongoing product launches of and
launch preparations for the new 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, the Jeep Cherokee
(the Liberty replacement), and the Jeep Compass and Patriot.

The Jeep Wrangler and Patriot each set a sales record for the month of
February. Wrangler sales were up 8 percent, while sales of the Patriot were up
24 percent compared with the same month a year ago. The Jeep Compass compact
SUV had its best February sales in six years with its 36 percent gain compared
with the same month a year ago.

The Jeep brand announced in February it is bringing the venerable Cherokee
name back to North America with the debut of an all-new mid-size SUV. Set to
debut at the New York International Auto Show later this month, the 2014 Jeep
Cherokee sets a new standard with best-in-class capability, exemplary on-road
driving dynamics, and fuel economy improvements of more than 45 percent versus
the outgoing mid-size SUV model. The Cherokee will be built at Chrysler
Group's Toledo Assembly Plant in Toledo, Ohio, and will arrive in dealer
showrooms in the third quarter of this year.



Chrysler Group LLC U.S. Sales Summary Thru February 2013


                          Month Sales Vol %   Sales CYTD Vol %
Model                    Curr Yr  Pr Yr    Change Curr Yr  Pr Yr   Change
500                      3,302    3,227    2%     5,805    5,138   13%
FIAT BRAND               3,302    3,227    2%     5,805    5,138   13%
200                      11,446   9,717    18%    20,292   16,724  21%
300                      5,023    7,670    -35%   10,348   12,630  -18%
Town & Country           8,614    9,621    -10%   15,139   15,258  -1%
CHRYSLER BRAND           25,083   27,008   -7%    45,779   44,612  3%
Compass                  3,776    2,780    36%    6,892    5,120   35%
Patriot                  6,329    5,120    24%    11,577   9,086   27%
Wrangler                 10,091   9,319    8%     18,945   17,215  10%
Liberty                  1,529    7,369    -79%   3,564    14,194  -75%
Grand Cherokee           9,439    12,724   -26%   20,504   23,407  -12%
JEEP BRAND               31,164   37,312   -16%   61,482   69,022  -11%
Caliber                  32       1,847    -98%   45       2,996   -98%
Dart                     7,720    0        NEW    14,874   0       NEW
Avenger                  9,980    6,570    52%    19,608   12,267  60%
Charger                  10,301   7,324    41%    16,712   12,861  30%
Challenger               4,911    3,669    34%    8,408    6,220   35%
Viper                    1        0               1        20
Journey                  7,530    6,248    21%    15,709   10,474  50%
Caravan                  10,415   12,668   -18%   15,380   20,762  -26%
Nitro                    0        931             0        2,090
Durango                  4,749    3,435    38%    8,129    6,456   26%
DODGE BRAND             55,639   42,692   30%    98,866   74,146  33%
Dakota                   0        139             0        294
Ram P/U                  23,289   22,595   3%     43,763   40,504  8%
Cargo Van                538      548      -2%    1,051    954     10%
RAM BRAND                23,827   23,282   2%     44,814   41,752  7%
TOTAL CHRYSLER GROUP LLC 139,015  133,521  4%     256,746  234,670 9%
 TOTAL CAR      52,716   40,024   32%    96,093   68,856  40%
 TOTAL TRUCK    86,299   93,497   -8%    160,653  165,814 -3%

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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