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CHRYSLER 1992 RETAIL CAR AND TRUCK SALES TOP 1991; TRUCK SALES PASS MILLION MARK FOR SECOND TIME

 HIGHLAND PARK, Mich., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Chrysler Corporation's (NYSE: C) 1992 retail car and truck sales were up 10 percent and 38 percent, respectively, over 1991 sales. Combined car and truck retail sales were up 26 percent from the previous year.
 Combined car and truck retail sales for 1992 were 1,359,244 compared with 1991 retail sales of 1,071,278. Total car sales were off modestly for the full year, but car sales at retail were 476,401 for 1992, up from the 432,721 units sold in 1991. Retail truck sales were 882,843 for 1992 and 638,557 for 1991.
 "We've supported our dealers with an outstanding array of new products and they have focused their retailing skills to make these 1992 sales increases," said Theodor R. Cunningham, executive vice president - Sales and Marketing.
 Chrysler's 1992 total U.S. truck sales of 1,033,426 topped the previous one-million-sales-year of 1988, when the corporation sold 1,016,763. December marked 11 consecutive months of increased total combined car and truck sales. Minivan and Jeep(TM) sales set all-time calendar-year records.
 Individually and collectively, Chrysler's carlike minivans drove to new highs. The combined U.S. minivan sales totaled 446,070, beating the previous record of 403,191 set in 1988. Dodge Caravan sales reached a record 244,149, beating the 210,918 sold in 1988. Plymouth Voyager hit 201,016, beating the previous record of 192,273 in 1988. Chrysler Town & Country sales were 16,905, up from the 1991 record of 5,236.
 North American minivan sales topped the one-half million sales mark. With the sales of 60,029 in Canada, minivan sales climbed to 522,099.
 Jeep hit an all-time U.S. record of 268,724, beating the 1988 record of 253,454.
 Jeep/Eagle Division sales set a new record of 327,940, topping the 1988 record of 319,451.
 Record sales were set by New Yorker Salon (19,761), Eagle Talon (29,911), and Dodge Dakota (132,057).
 Sales for the month of December and the calendar year follow:
 TOTAL CARS
 1992 1991 Percent Change
 Dec. 1-31 60,272 47,679 +22
 Jan. 1-Dec. 31 679,586 702,518 -4
 DOMESTIC CARS
 Dec. 1-31 54,957 43,810 +21
 Jan. 1-Dec. 31 617,412 636,994 -3
 TOTAL TRUCKS
 Dec. 1-31 89,846 65,296 +32
 Jan. 1-Dec. 31 1,033,426 805,153 +28
 DOMESTIC TRUCKS
 Dec. 1-31 89,495 64,866 +33
 Jan. 1-Dec. 31 1,028,126 800,482 +28
 TOTAL VEHICLES
 Dec. 1-31 150,118 112,975 +28
 Jan. 1-Dec. 31 1,713,012 1,507,671 +13
 SELLING DAYS
 Dec. 1-31 26 25
 Jan. 1-Dec. 31 308 307
 All changes are computed on a daily rate basis.
 -0- 1/6/93
 /CONTACT: Jim Crawford of Chrysler, 313-956-2894/
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