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February results for Chrysler Australia are in - and combined vehicle sales are up by 20% over last month and down 15% year to date. Last month Chrysler Australia finished third behind China and Venezuela when ranked against all markets outside North America. Australia is the number one right hand drive market for Chrysler LLC.
Leading the charge for Chrysler Australia was the Dodge brand which was up an incredible 31% year to date with a record month for the bold Dodge Nitro and Avenger.
With a total of 228 Dodge Nitro registrations in February, Nitro has proved it can impress buyers with not just its good looks but also the choice of a petrol V6 engine or a powerful, yet economical turbo diesel. Also available in both petrol and turbo diesel are the Avenger and Journey - both had a strong month in February with Avenger achieving its best month ever and Journey consistently selling with a healthy order bank.
The Chrysler Grand Voyager reclaims its segment leadership in February (People Movers > $55K) with an increase of 12.8% year to date.
Sales for the Chrysler 300C are up 14.8% on last month. With its timeless design and multiple powertrain options including the powerful HEMI® and turbo diesel V6, the Chrysler 300C has achieved its best result in six months.
The Jeep Wrangler continues to impress open top tourers and off-road enthusiasts alike, with exceptional off-road capability and the only four door convertible on the market today.
Chrysler Canada is Country's No. 1 Selling Automaker in February
For the first time in its 84-year history, Chrysler Canada became the country's No. 1 automaker, with sales of 12,015 for the month of February (February 2008: 16,451).
"Our position as the No. 1 automaker this month clearly demonstrates the continued confidence Canadians have in Chrysler vehicles and in the company's future," said Reid Bigland, President and CEO - Chrysler Canada. "There is no question that the current economic and automotive environment is challenging for all companies. However, it is times such as these where great value and great products can truly dominate."
The versatile and fuel-efficient Dodge Journey was once again the country's No. 1 crossover, with sales of 949 units. The Dodge Caliber was up four per cent versus February 2008 with unit sales of 1,204, and the Dodge Charger was up 21 per cent with 551 units sold.
The Dodge Caliber, Jeep® Patriot, and Jeep Compass "Trio" were up 31 per cent over January, with combined sales of 2,257. All three vehicles achieve 40 mpg or higher, and are available for under $20,000.
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