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CHRYSLER CALENDAR YEAR SALES TOP 2 MILLION

 HIGHLAND PARK, Mich., Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Chrysler Corporation, (NYSE: C) riding high on a 20 percent increase in calendar year sales and a record year in trucks, topped 2 million unit sales for the first time since 1989.
 Vehicle sales in the United States totaled 2,047,822 and 1992 sales were 1,713,012. Among the highlights, Chrysler minivans posted an all- time high for calendar year sales and the Dodge Ram pickup set a new record for Chrysler pickup sales in December.
 "Truck sales accounted for 59 percent of our total sales and with the launch of the Neon, the Chrysler Cirrus and Dodge Stratus, we are poised to increase our car sales volume significantly in 1994," said Theodor R. Cunningham, Executive Vice President -- Sales and Marketing and General Manager -- Minivan Operations. "With the economy gaining momentum, consumer confidence up and a projected 1994 industry U.S. sales volume of 15.2 million, these launches couldn't come at a better time."
 Truck sales were up 18 percent from 1,033,426 in 1992 to 1,213,690 in 1993, a new company record. Car sales were up 23 percent, from 679,586 in 1992 to 834,132 in 1993.
 It was Chrysler's best December in five years and 23rd consecutive monthly increase. Total U.S. sales were up 7 percent, from 150,118 to 160,757. Truck sales were up 11 percent, from 89,846 to 99,925, and car sales were up 1 percent, from 60,272 to 60,832.
 Chrysler minivan sales topped a half-million for the first time, with 1993 calendar year sales increasing 9 percent, from 462,070 to 502,053.
 Dodge Ram pickup sales totaled 14,292, breaking the old December mark of 14,067 set in 1977. December Ram sales increased 124 percent from a year ago.
 Jeep-Eagle Division sales set a new record and increased 47 percent, from 327,940 to 479,548. Both brands, Jeep and Eagle, also set new calendar year records. The Jeep(R) Grand Cherokee set a new calendar year record of 217,232.
 The Dodge Shadow and Plymouth Sundance, which will be replaced by the Neon, set a new calendar year record with sales of 205,897, up from the previous record of 180,308 set in 1988.
 Total Cars
 1993 1992 % Change
 Dec. 1 - 31 60,832 60,272 +0.9
 Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 834,132 679,586 +23.1
 Domestic Cars
 Dec. 1 - 31 58,440 54,957 +6.3
 Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 766,144 617,412 +24.5
 Total Trucks
 Dec. 1 - 31 99,925 89,846 +11.2
 Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 1,213,690 1,033,426 +17.8
 Domestic Trucks
 Dec. 1 - 31 99,925 89,495 +11.7
 Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 1,212,032 1,028,126 +18.3
 Total Vehicles
 Dec. 1 - 31 160,757 150,118 +7.1
 Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 2,047,822 1,713,012 +19.9
 Selling Days
 Dec. 1 - 31 26 26
 Jan. 1 - Dec. 31 307 308
 All changes are computed on a daily rate basis.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Chrysler Director -- Sales and Marketing Operations Planning, Thomas J. Osborn, is available today for comment on this sales report. Please direct your request for a telephone interview to Chrysler Public Relations, 313-956-2894./
 /CONTACT: Scott Fosgard of Chrysler, 313-252-5781/
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