"The East Coast's ongoing recovery from Hurricane Sandy helped drive the November SAAR materially higher, but it benefited our competitors more than GM, since they rely on the region for more of their sales," said Kurt McNeil, GM vice president of U.S. sales, in a prepared statement.
At Chrysler, four brands -- Chrysler, Dodge, Ram Truck, and Fiat -- all showed increases, ranging from 1% at Chrysler to 123% at Fiat. But Jeep brand sales fell 3%, reflecting the end of Jeep Liberty production in August and a lingering impact from Hurricane Sandy in the Northeast, a strong Jeep market.
Sales of the Ram pickup, the best-selling Chrysler vehicle, rose 23% to 24,337. At Dodge, Avenger sales rose 26% to 7,132 while the new Dart sold 4,489 units. But sales of the Chrysler 200 fell 9% to 7,371.
"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, CEO of Dodge Brand and head of U.S. sales, in a prepared statement. "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."
-- Written by Ted Reed in Charlotte, N.C.
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