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MINIVANS LEAD CHRYSLER TO BEST SALES IN TWO YEARS

 MINIVANS LEAD CHRYSLER TO BEST SALES IN TWO YEARS
 HIGHLAND PARK, Mich., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Chrysler Corporation


(NYSE: C) today reported record April truck sales, up a hefty 38 percent, and a 5-percent increase in car sales, making April its best month for total vehicle sales in nearly two years.
 Truck sales of 95,053 and car sales of 55,174 added up to 150,227, an increase of 24 percent over April a year ago. The brisk April also lifted Chrysler calendar-year and model-year sales well ahead of the comparable '91 pace, and helped Chrysler increase its estimated U.S. market share to 13.2 percent, up 1.8 points over a year ago.
 "We're pleased with such a giant step in increased share -- nearly two full points," said E. T. Pappert, vice president of Sales, "even though the market is still below expectations.
 "And we pushed the right button on minivans. Minivan sales have been consistently strong, but customers responded 'big time' to our National Minivan Sale during the final week of April", said Pappert. "That clinched our second-best month ever for minivan sales, and our best-ever first four months."
 Chrysler minivan sales hit 44,510, a 47-percent increase over last April. Sales through the first four months total 145,154, up 20 percent for the year.
 Dodge Dakota sales of 11,868 were up 73 percent. Jeep sales climbed 43 percent as new Grand Cherokee sales of 4,877 surpassed program goals and Cherokee sales of 10,593 increased 11 percent over last April. Jeep Wrangler sales were up 28 percent. Dodge Ram pickups and standard vans and wagons also were up as Chrysler truck sales increased for the ninth straight month.
 Leading cars were the Plymouth Acclaim and Dodge Spirit, up 33 percent and 26 percent, respectively, on sales of 7,647 and 5,712, and the Plymouth Sundance and Dodge Shadow, up 68 percent and 24 percent on sales of 5,783 and 7,417, respectively.
 Chrysler sales for the month and year to date:
 Total Cars
 1992 1991 Pct. Change Selling Days
 '92 '91
 April 1-30 55,174 52,633 + 4.8 26 26
 Jan. 1-April 30 209,729 228,577 - 9.1 103 102
 Domestic Cars
 April 1-30 49,219 46,776 + 5.2
 Jan. 1-April 30 189,659 209,394 -10.3
 Total Trucks
 April 1-30 95,053 68,738 +38.3
 Jan. 1-April 30 322,443 252,030 +26.7
 Domestic Trucks
 April 1-30 94,660 68,363 +38.5
 Jan. 1-April 30 320,844 250,524 +26.8
 Total Vehicles
 April 1-30 150,227 121,371 +23.8
 Jan. 1-April 30 532,172 480,607 + 9.7
 All changes are computed on a daily rate basis.
 -0- 5/5/92
 /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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