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CHRYSLER FINISHES 1991 ON TRUCK SALES STREAK

 CHRYSLER FINISHES 1991 ON TRUCK SALES STREAK
 HIGHLAND PARK, Mich., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Chrysler Corporation


(NYSE: C) closed out 1991 with a 12-percent increase in domestic truck sales for December, its fifth consecutive monthly increase for trucks. Car sales were off 26 percent for the month.
 Chrysler finished the year with truck sales of 805,153 and car sales of 702,518, compared to 837,234 and 860,834 the prior year, down 3.8 percent and 18.4 percent, respectively. Three months into the 1992 model year, however, Chrysler truck sales are running 11 percent ahead of the 1991 model year.
 While several Chrysler models registered gains in 1991, the top performance continued to come from its carlike minivans which turned in their second best year for North American sales since introduced in 1983. Including a record 53,437 in Canada, Chrysler sold 439,965 -- only 8,000 shy of its 448,252 industry high set in 1988. Chrysler minivans continued to be one of the industry's hottest selling vehicles in the U.S with 1991 sales of 386,528. Dodge Caravan contributed 207,919 to the total, Plymouth Voyager 173,373 and Chrysler Town & Country 5,236. All scored gains over the prior year.
 Chrysler's top-selling car was the Dodge Dynasty at 105,651. Dodge Shadow sales increased 5 percent for the year, helped by 18,382 convertibles that gave the company one of its best years for softtop sales with 47,034.
 Dodge Dakota pickup sales of 82,336 were up 10 percent for the year, Dodge Stealth, Eagle Summit and Talon and Colt Vista sales also were up over 1990.
 LeBaron and New Yorker Salon sales for December helped the Chrysler brand to a 21-percent increase in December. December increases of 21 percent for Cherokee and 8 percent for Wrangler helped Jeep to a 14-percent gain.
 Sales for the month of December and the calendar year:
 Total Cars
 1991 1990 Pct. Change Selling Days
 '91 '90
 Dec. 1-31 47,679 64,242 -25.8 25 25
 Jan. 1-Dec. 31 702,518 860,834 -18.4 307 307
 Domestic Cars
 Dec. 1-31 43,810 59,160 -25.9
 Jan. 1-Dec. 31 636,994 795,096 -19.9
 Total Trucks
 Dec. 1-31 65,296 58,923 +10.8
 Jan. 1-Dec. 31 805,153 837,234 - 3.8
 Domestic Trucks
 Dec. 1-31 64,866 58,168 +11.5
 Jan. 1-Dec. 31 800,482 824,303 - 2.9
 Total Vehicles
 Dec. 1-31 112,975 123,165 - 8.3
 Jan. 1-
 Dec. 31 1,507,671 1,698,068 - 11.2
 All changes are computed on a daily rate basis.
 -0- 1/6/92
 /CONTACT: Tom Jakobowski of Chrysler, 313-956-1881/
 (C) CO: Chrysler Corporation ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU:


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