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CHRYSLER REPORTS INCREASE IN TOTAL VEHICLE SALES

 CHRYSLER REPORTS INCREASE IN TOTAL VEHICLE SALES
 HIGHLAND PARK, Mich., March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Increased retail sales


activity, especially in light trucks, lifted Chrysler Corporation (NYSE: C) to a 2.3-percent increase in total vehicle sales for the month of February, the first such increase in two years.
 Truck sales were up 19.9 percent -- the seventh straight monthly increase -- on sales of 72,513 compared to 58,051 in February last year. Car sales of 51,492 were off 15.2 percent from 58,261 a year ago. Combined sales of cars and trucks surged to 124,005 compared to 116,312 a year ago.
 "Retail sales were up 26 percent for car and 28 percent for truck," said Joseph H. Casola, manager of Business Planning & Marketing Strategies for Chrysler Corporation. "Truck sales continue strong and not only because of minivans. Dodge Dakota pickup, Jeep Cherokee and Wrangler sales increased more than 50 percent from a year ago."
 The increase in total truck sales boosted Chrysler's estimated share of the U.S. total truck market 2.5 points to 21.4 percent. Jeep, Eagle and Dodge Truck brand sales were up. Dodge, Plymouth and Chrysler minivan sales of 31,807 were up 6 percent. Dodge pickup sales of 17,727 and Cherokee sales of 12,434 almost matched that. The Ram wagon and Jeep Wrangler contributed another 7,600 sales.
 Plymouth Sundance, Dodge Shadow, the Chrysler LeBaron sedan and convertible and the New Yorker Salon were top performers among cars.
 Chrysler sales for the month and year to date:
 Total Cars
 1992 1991 Pct. Change Selling Days
 '91 '90
 Feb. 1-29 51,492 58,261 -15.2 25 24
 Jan. 1-Feb. 29 98,828 120,231 -19.4 51 50
 Domestic Cars
 Feb. 1-29 46,760 54,370 -17.4
 Jan. 1-Feb. 29 90,172 111,936 -21.0
 Total Trucks
 Feb. 1-29 72,513 58,051 +19.9
 Jan. 1-Feb. 29 137,914 112,014 +20.7
 Domestic Trucks
 Feb. 1-29 72,115 57,726 +19.9
 Jan. 1-Feb. 29 137,181 111,263 +20.9
 Total Vehicles
 Feb. 1-29 124,005 116,312 + 2.3
 Jan. 1-Feb. 29 236,742 232,245 - 0.1
 All changes are computed on a daily rate basis.
 -0- 3/4/92
 /CONTACT: Tom Jakobowski of Chrysler, 313-956-1881 or 313-956-2894/
 (C) CO: Chrysler Corporation ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU:


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