Chrysler Canada announced Wednesday its 31st consecutive month of
year-over-year sales growth, eking out a one-per-cent increase last month
compared to the same period last year. While modest, the June sales increase
marked the longest sales streak in the carmaker's history, Chrysler said.
Calendar-year-to date, Chrysler sold 130,286 vehicles in Canada, representing
a seven per cent increase over the same period in 2011. The Windsor-assembled
Dodge Grand Caravan posted an all-time record sales month in June, 2012 with
6,103 units, representing an increase of 10 per cent over June 2011, which had
"At the halfway point in 2012, our passengercar sales are up a whopping31
per cent, led primarily by sales of theChrysler 300,Chrysler 200 and Fiat
500," said Dave Buckingham, Chief Operating Officer of Chrysler Canada. "We are
experiencing the best sales start to the year in over a decade, with many annual records in our sights, including Ram trucks, Jeep Wrangler,
Fiat 500 and Chrysler 200."
Fiat 500 sales are on a roll, soaring 48 per cent last month with 839 leaving
dealer lots. Year-to-date sales of the mini car are up 92 per cent.
Sales of the Chrysler 200 rose 38 per cent last month, while demand for the
Brampton-assembled Chrysler 300 sedan rose 281 per cent.
Chrysler's record streak of impressive
sales results continues to grow even longer, as the automaker announced today
its June 2012 sales in the U.S. amounted to 144,811 vehicles across its five
core brands. That's a 20 percent growth over June 2011, and Chrysler's best June
sales result since 2007.
"June was another solid month for the
Chrysler Group, with U.S. sales up 20 percent and second-quarter sales
increasing 24 percent compared to 2011," said Chrysler sales chief Reid Bigland
in a prepared statement. "June also marked our 27th consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth.
Continuous improvement remains a key focus at Chrysler as we have steadily
increased sales, improved quality, added production, and created jobs."
According to Chrysler, each of its five
core brands saw sales increase last month. Fiat led the way by jumping 122
percent, followed by Chrysler volumes rising 63 percent, and Jeep volumes
improving by 23 percent year-to-year. Ram saw sales of its truck range increase
11 percent in June, but Dodge only
mustered a two-percent uptick ? perhaps that may soon be bolstered by the 2013
Dart, which is still trickling into dealers nationwide.
Consumer Reports has released its annual Car Reliability Study, and the results weren't very kind to Ford. The automaker saw its ranking fall from 10th to 20th due to issues with three specific models: the Explorer, Fiesta and Focus. Each of those vehicles ranked below average in reliability during their first year on the market due to issues with MyFordTouch and the dual-clutch transmissions in the Fiesta and Focus.
Meanwhile, Chrysler busily inched its way up the reliability ladder. Jeep managed to jump to 13th spot to become the most reliable domesticmanufacturer while Chrysler jumped 12 spots in the study and Dodge manoeuvred up by three places.
According to the study, the Chrysler 200, Dodge Durango and JeepGrand Cherokee all performed very well in their respective reliability evaluations.
PickupTrucks.com asked five half-ton truck manufacturers to provide their best trucks for $30000.00. The entries consisted of the 2011 ChevySilverado 1500 Extended Cab, 2011 Ford F-150 Regular Cab, 2011Nissan Titan King Cab, 2011 Ram 1500 Quad Cab and Toyota TundraDouble Cab, all of which were put through a variety of tests over four days in and around Detroit. Unlike a comparison that seeks model-feature parity, this one allowed for the manufacturers to provide whatever they thought was best, which is how you get Ford supplying the only regular cab among the field.
After being run through load tests, brake tests, the drag strip, 0-to-60 and even an autocross run, the crown was given to the Ram 1500 Quad Cab. It didn't scorch the competition, but it was always near the top of the field, which gave it enough to take the glory. Head on over to PickupTrucks.com to read the full piece.
Rubicon wins Petersen's 4 Wheel & Off Road 4x4 of the Year!
EL SUGUNDO, Calif.- Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine has named the 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon the winner of it's coveted 4x4 ofthe Year Award. This is the 30th year of the enthusiast magazine's in-depth competition of new 4x4 vehicles, and the third time Jeep Wrangler has taken home the award. In fact, Jeep products have won the award more than any other mark, a total of 12 times for different Jeep vehicles.
Jeep Wrangler Rubicon was pitted against the worthy Ram PowerWagon, both solid axle titans of the off-road world. The Jeep WranglerRubicon ranked high in every category of this year's in-depth test. The grueling 1,000-mile trial evaluates each vehicle's suspension, engine, transmission and transfer case along with the style and creature comforts the vehicle provides. Most importantly, the 4x4's are judged heavily on how well they perform off-road in dirt, mud, rocks, sand and gravel as well as on the highway.
"The 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is the most competent 4x4 everproduced," said Rick Pewe, editor-in-chief of Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road. "The Rubicon gives you complete confidence in its terrain tracking abilities. It allows you to take the trail less traveled without worrying about the journey. And it does so while leaving a smile on your face. This is one fun ride!"
"No one puts a vehicle to the test more thoroughly than the editors of Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road , so Jeep is especially proud to win this prestigious award," said Mike Manley, President and CEO-Jeep Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. "Jeep Wrangler Rubicon has long been the mostcapable vehicle on the planet.With a completely new powertrain for 2012, it has reset the capability benchmark, while simultaneously offering customers more fuel efficiency, horsepower and off-road performance in every day driving."
To be eligible to compete, a vehicle must be all new or have substantial improvements that make it perform significantly different from the previous year's model. Vehicles must also be available for sale before January 15 of the model year, have a production run of at least 2,500 units and be equipped with a two speed transfer case. The complete test results and vehicle evaluations for the 2012 4x4 of the Year competition will appear in the February 2012 issue, available December 6, 2011.
Information on the test will also be available on the Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off-Road website, www.4wheeloffroad.com
The new eight-speed automatic, introduced and licensed through ZF, is often found on high-end luxury cars, including Audi, Bentley, BMW,Range Rover and Rolls Royce. For our first models, the transmission is mated exclusively to the 3.6-liter V-6 Pentastar engine, which was introduced last year.
But don't take our word for it. Objective media outlets have put the eight-speed 2012 Charger and the 2012 300 to the test.