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Mercedes-Benz Posts August Sales Of 20,557
Total MBUSA Posts Record Month at 23,439 up 13.1%
smart up 85.9%, Sprinter up 15.3% for the Month

MONTVALE, N.J., Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported August sales of 20,557 for its Mercedes-Benz models, delivering a record year-to-date total of 168,462 new vehicles to customers, up 13.5%.

Combined sales of Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles, smart and Sprinter for the month totaled a record of 23,439, up 13.1% bringing the MBUSA year-to-date total to a record 188,351, up 17.9%.

"With an all-time record setting year so far and now with exciting product in the pipeline, including the all-new GL-Class currently on its way to dealers across the country, we plan to build on this momentum through the end of the year," stated Steve Cannon, president and CEO, MBUSA.

Mercedes-Benz sales for the month of August were led by the C-, E- and GLK-Class model lines.  The sporty C-Class – the gateway to the Mercedes-Benz brand on the car side for younger and first-time Mercedes-Benz buyers – took the lead with sales of 6,519, up 37.9%.  The 9th generation E-Class followed with sales of 4,515 and MBUSA's restyled compact SUV, the GLK-Class, rounded out the top three with sales of t 2,775, up 43.6%.   Additionally, the sporty SLK roadster sold 373 vehicles for the month, up 174.3%.

At the high end, the all-new iconic sixth generation 2013 SL roadster – which debuted in showrooms this past spring - posted sales of 604 yielding an increase of 705.3% and the SLS AMG supercar retailed at 51 for the month, up 59.4% over the same period last year.

On a year-to-date basis, top performers were the C-Class with 49,868, the E-Class with 39,970 and the M-Class with 24,659.

Monthly sales of the high-performance AMG models were 637, up 55.7% versus August 2011 (409) and up 52.1% year to date.

Sales of the company's BlueTEC diesel models were up 38.9% for the year at 10,717 compared to the 7,717 diesels sold over the same period last year.

The company's smart brand continued ten consecutive months of sales increases with August sales of 753, an 85.9% jump for the month (compared to the 405 vehicles sold in August 2011) bringing the year-to-date volume to 6,281 up 758.1% when compared to the 732 vehicles sold by MBUSA last year.  When compared to the combined Penske and MBUSA sales year-to-date last year (3,288), sales are up 91%.

On the van side, Sprinter sold 2,129 vehicles in August – up 15.3% over last year and up 27.5% on a year-to-date basis.

Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) program, MBUSA sold 6,921 vehicles in August; an increase of 17.3% when compared to August 2011 (sales of 5,901 vehicles).  On a year-to-date basis, MBCPO sold 52,859 vehicles, an increase of 2.3% over the comparable period (with sales of 51,651 vehicles).

Source: Mercedes-Benz USA  

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Mitsubishi Motors Reports August Sales

CYPRESS, Calif., Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) today reported August 2012 sales of 4,249 units, down 46.8 percent compared to August 2011.

Outlander Sport continues to be Mitsubishi's top seller in the U.S., and the month's sales total includes the initial sales of the 2013 Outlander Sport, which began production in Normal, Illinois in July.

"Customers continue to be attracted to the Outlander Sport's mix of style, performance, and fuel efficiency," said MMNA President & CEO Yoichi Yokozawa.  "We expect sales of the Outlander Sport to be further fueled by our 'Unpretentious' marketing campaign, which began over the Labor Day weekend."

Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all manufacturing, sales and marketing operations for Mitsubishi Motors in the United States.  MMNA sells cars and light trucks through a network of approximately 400 dealers.  For more information, contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at (888) 560-6672 or visit media.mitsubishicars.com.

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BMW Group U.S. Reports August 2012 Sales
BMW brand up 5.6 percent year-to-date
MINI brand up 15.9 percent year-to-date, best August ever

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J., Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported August sales of 22,553 vehicles, a decrease of 5.7 percent from the 23,924 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago.  Year-to-date, BMW Group is up 7.6 percent on sales of 208,268 in the first eight months of 2012 compared to 193,565 in the same period in 2011.

"August numbers showed how tight the supply of new vehicles has been for us but the eagerly awaited new models, the X1 and 3 Series AWD in particular, are arriving and that's great news for our customers and our dealers," said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America, LLC.  "All indicators show sales momentum increasing and with the model year change now complete, we have ambitious plans for the months ahead."    

BMW Brand Sales
Sales of BMW brand vehicles decreased 19.1 percent in August for a total of 16,835 compared to 20,815 vehicles sold in August, 2011.  Year-to-date, the BMW brand is up 5.6 percent on sales of 164,636 compared to 155,929 sold in the first eight months of 2011.

In August, best performing vehicles included the 6 Series, up 118.8 percent to 453 units; the X3 SAV, up 18.8 percent to 2,829 units; and the X5 SAV, up 21.2 percent to 3,568 units. August marked the first month of sales for the all wheel drive versions of the 3 Series Sedan (328i xDrive and 335i xDrive Sedans), as well as the versatile new X1 SAV.

BMW Pre-Owned Vehicles
In August, sales of BMW used vehicles (including certified pre-owned and pre-owned) increased 5.1 percent to 14,012 vehicles from the 13,335 vehicles sold in August 2011.  January through August, BMW used vehicle sales are up 2.5 percent on volume of 108,951 compared to 106,295 in the same period of 2011.  

MINI Brand Sales
MINI USA reported the best August ever with sales of 5,718 automobiles, an increase of 83.9 percent from the 3,109 sold in August, 2011.  Year-to-date, MINI sales in the U.S. are up 15.9 percent on volume of 43,632 compared to 37,636 in the first eight months of 2011.

Source: BMW  

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American Suzuki August 2012 Sales

BREA, Calif., Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) today reported August 2012 sales of 1,968 units.   SX4 continues to lead sales with a 2% year to date sales increase.      

 

About Suzuki Auto
The Brea, Calif.-based Automotive Operations of American Suzuki Motor Corporation was founded in 1963 by parent company Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC) and currently markets its vehicles in the United States through a network of automotive dealerships and numerous other motorcycle, ATV and marine distributors. With global headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan, SMC is a diversified worldwide automobile, motorcycle and outboard motor manufacturer. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has operations in 201 countries and regions. For more information, visit www.media.suzukiauto.com.



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MAZDA REPORTS AUGUST SALES
-SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY sales continue to climb while Mazda3 reports best August since 2009-

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today reported August U.S. sales of 22,234 vehicles, representing a decrease of 1.8 percent (5.4 percent DSR) versus last year. Year-to-date sales through August are up 11.8 percent (11.3 percent DSR) versus last year, with 185,349 vehicles sold.

Key August sales notes:

   Mazda CX-5 continues to exceed expectations, posting a best ever sales number of 4,665 units in the month of August.  Because of high customer interest in CX-5, the vehicle has been hampered by a lack of availability nationwide since its launch.  Increased production volumes are now starting to match supply with demand.
   Mazda3 saw its best August sales result since 2009, with 11,120 sales.
       Excluding the CARS ("Cash for Clunkers") program, August of 2012 was the best-ever August for Mazda3.
   Vehicles equipped with Mazda's revolutionary SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY accounted for 63.0 percent of the company's total sales during the month of August.
   Mazda3, with SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, accounted for 85.0 percent of all Mazda3 sales in August.

Mazda Motor de Mexico (MMdM) reported August sales of 1,994 vehicles, down 30.0 percent versus August of last year.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through more than 700 dealers.  Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City.

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Infiniti U.S. Sales Up 23.6 Percent In August
- Luxury Automaker's Best August Since 2005, Infiniti G Sedan Has Best August -

FRANKLIN, Tenn., Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Infiniti today reported U.S. sales of 11,155 units in August, an increase of 23.6 percent versus 9,024 units a year earlier. Year-to-date Infiniti sales are up 21.1 percent compared to the 63,702 units sold during the same period last year.  

   

Infiniti sales highlights for the month include:

   Infiniti G Sedan, with sales of 5,123, had its best August with a 20.1 percent increase over prior year
   With 2,378 sales in August, the all-new Infiniti JX 7-passenger luxury crossover has now become Infiniti's second best-selling vehicle for the year since it went on sale in late March
   Overall, Infiniti had its best August in seven years

"The Infiniti G, with its best August sales ever, remains a very strong contender in the sports sedan category, and our Infiniti JX 7-passenger luxury crossover continues to bring in new buyers into our showrooms," said Ben Poore, vice president, Infiniti Americas. "As a result, August was our best performance since 2005 and marked Infiniti's fourth straight month of double digit sales increases."

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American Honda Reports August Sales: Total Sales Up 59.5 Percent; Acura Sets Monthly Light Truck Record on Record RDX Sales
Honda division sales up 57.9 percent, Acura sales up 72.8 percent

TORRANCE, Calif., Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- American Honda today reported August 2012 U.S. sales of 131,321 units, an increase of 59.5 percent compared with August 2011 (an increase of 53.6 percent based on the daily selling rate*). The Honda Division posted August 2012 sales of 115,675 units, an increase of 57.9 percent compared with August 2011. Acura's U.S. August sales of 15,646 units increased 72.8 percent compared with August 2011.


Honda
- Honda division posts strong August sales of 131,321, best August sales in two years

- Accord posted its second best sales month of the year at 34,848 units, up 89 percent; Civic sales up 106 percent with 24,897 units sold

- CR-V continues sales success at 23,877 units, up more than 44 percent

- Odyssey sales up more than 61 percent from August 2011, with 12,750 units sold in August

"It's clear that demand for Honda products continues to be strong, and we're on track to post our best yearly sales results in four years," said John Mendel, American Honda executive vice president of sales. "Honda is finishing the summer on a high note, and there's more to come as we build momentum toward the fall launch of the all-new 2013 Accord."

Acura
- RDX sets its 4th-consecutive record sales month with 2,926 units, up 156.9 percent compared to August 2011

- MDX remains the top-selling Acura vehicle with sales of 5,549 units, up 77.5 percent from August 2011

- The TL was Acura's best-selling sedan with sales of 3,201, up 33.2 percent

"Acura sales continue to show great upward momentum, led by our strong light truck lineup," said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales. "The all-new 2013 Acura RDX is a hit with buyers thanks to its increased comfort, utility and power, along with class-leading fuel economy."

*The daily selling rate (DSR) is calculated with 27 days for August 2012 and 26 days for August 2011. Year-to-date, the DSR is calculated with 205 days for 2012 and 204 days for 2011. All other percentages in release are unadjusted; see table for adjusted DSR figures.

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Nissan North America Sales Increase 7.6% In August

FRANKLIN, Tenn., Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) today reported August U.S. sales of 98,515 units versus 91,541 units a year earlier, up 7.6 percent.  Nissan Division sales increased 5.9 percent for the month at 87,360 units. Sales of Infiniti vehicles were up 23.6 percent over the prior year, to 11,155 units.


NISSAN HIGHLIGHTS

   Nissan Division posted sales of 87,360 units, up 5.9 percent from last August's 82,517 units.
   Altima mid-size sedan sales totaled 25,889 units, up 12.5 percent from the prior year. Sales of the all-new 2013 Altima began in July.
   Nissan Rogue set an August record on sales of 12,626 of the crossover, up 10.1 percent from last year.
   Sales of Nissan trucks showed strength, with Frontier sales of 5,464 units up 12.8 percent over last year, sales of Pathfinder, at 2,472 units, up 18.1 percent over the prior year, and NV sales seeing a record August, up 19.4 percent to 783 units.

"Nissan continues to see sales growth across our lineup during a year of significant new vehicle launches, such as the all-new 2013 Altima, which debuted this summer to critical and consumer acclaim," said Al Castignetti, vice president and general manager, Nissan Division. "With all-new Sentra and Pathfinder models joining the lineup this fall, we only expect to see our momentum continue to grow."

INFINITI HIGHLIGHTS

   Infiniti today reported sales of 11,155 units for August, an increase of 23.6 percent from 9,024 units a year earlier.
   Infiniti G Sedan, with sales of 5,123 units, had a 20.1 percent increase over the prior year and had its best-ever August.
   With 2,378 sales in August, the all-new Infiniti JX 7-passenger luxury crossover now has become Infiniti's second best-selling vehicle for the year since it went on sale in late March.
   Overall, Infiniti had its best August in seven years.

NOTE: To ensure consistency in global sales reporting, Nissan North America calculates monthly variances on a straight-percentage basis, unadjusted for the number of selling days. August 2012 had 27 selling days, while August 2011 had 26 selling days.

About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year in 2010, 2011, and 2012 by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com and www.InfinitiUSA.com.

Source: Nissan  

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Kia Motors America Records 24th Consecutive Monthly Sales Record In August
Annual Sales Up 16.6 Percent for the Fastest-Growing Car Company in the U.S. Over the Last Five Years [1];Optima Midsize Sedan Surpasses 100,000 Unit Mark for First Time

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Kia Motors America's (KMA) scorching summer momentum continued in August and delivered the brand's 24th consecutive monthly sales record with 50,028 units sold.  Sales over the same period last year were up 21.5 percent, and Kia is significantly ahead of last year's all-time annual sales record pace.  

Kia's record-setting August was led by strong performances from the U.S.-built* Optima midsize sedan and Sorento CUV with both topping the 10,000 unit mark for the fourth straight month and Optima became the third Kia vehicle to reach 100,000 annual units in company history.  The ongoing popularity of the Soul urban passenger vehicle is a major component of Kia's 24-month sales streak, and the fourth installment of the iconic hamster advertising campaign titled "Bringing Down the House" is now playing on movie screens nationwide and will make its television debut on MTV's Video Music Awards on September 6.

"In a short period of time the Kia brand has transformed into a recognized leader in automotive design, and together with our lineup of stylish, fun-to-drive cars and CUVs and memorable marketing initiatives we have achieved another remarkable milestone with our two-year run of monthly sales records," said Byung Mo Ahn, group president and CEO of KMA and KMMG.  "At Kia, we always have given our customers a lot for their money, and with an impressive collection of new vehicles and cutting-edge technologies on tap for 2013, the Kia brand is poised for future growth as we advance value to new levels of sophistication."

Kia's Unprecedented Growth
Kia Motors is one of the world's fastest moving global automotive brands; from 2009-2011 Kia launched more new vehicles in the U.S. than any other automaker, and under the guidance of chief design officer Peter Schreyer earned a reputation as an industry leader in automotive styling.  Kia Motors America's full line of fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive cars and CUVs has earned critical acclaim and dramatically increased consumer awareness, perception and consideration for the brand.  In 2011, KMA recorded its 17th consecutive year of market share growth, thanks in part to the largest increase of any major brand in perceived quality[2] and the industry's highest brand loyalty ranking[3].  Kia's U.S.-based manufacturing facility in West Point, Georgia – KMMG – is responsible for the creation of more than 10,000 plant and supplier jobs and builds two of the company's best-selling vehicles in the U.S. – the Sorento CUV and Optima midsize sedan*.  Kia's value and technology-laden lineup also includes the Sportage compact CUV, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Optima Hybrid, Forte compact sedan, Forte 5-door compact hatchback, Forte Koup two-door coupe, Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and Sedona minivan.

Source: Kia Motors America  

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Hyundai Motor America Reports Record August Sales
- Sixth Straight Month Breaking the 60,000 Mark
- Best-Ever August Sales
- Third Shift at Hyundai's Alabama Plant Begins Production Today

COSTA MESA, Calif., Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai Motor America announced an all-time August sales record of 61,099 units, a four percent increase compared with the same period a year ago and the best August sales level in company history, even topping the Cash for Clunkers mark set in 2009.

 

"We feel really good about the way August shaped up as our overall inventory situation continued to improve and consumer response to the all-new Santa Fe has been nothing short of remarkable," said Dave Zuchowski, executive vice president of sales.

The all-new Azera continued its strong sales pace resulting in an incredible 977 percent gain over last August.  The Elantra family and Tucson saw sales gains of 19.5 percent and 29 percent, respectively, over the same period a year ago, and Veloster remains red hot as customers now have a choice of both turbo and non-turbo models of the innovative three-door coupe.  Hyundai fleet sales and mix remained relatively low at seven percent mix for the month and a nine percent mix year-to-date, among the lowest in the industry.

Source: Hyundai  

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Porsche Reports August Sales
Retail sales up 39 percent in August; nine percent year-to-date

ATLANTA, Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), importer and distributor of Porsche sports cars, Cayenne SUVs and the Panamera four-door sports sedan line-up in the United States, today announced August 2012 sales of 3,026 vehicles. This compares to 2,184 vehicles sold last August, for an increase of 39 percent. For the year, Porsche has sold 22,279 cars in the U.S., a nine percent increase over last year's sales of 20,494.

 

"Our all-new Boxster and 911 sports cars continue to be in high demand," said PCNA's President and CEO, Detlev von Platen. "The new Boxster was up 118 percent over August 2011 and the new 911 is up 44 percent for the year."

Sales of the Porsche Cayenne sport utility increased 54 percent for the month versus last August and the Panamera sport sedan was up 22 percent over the same period. This month Porsche begins selling a new Cayenne model, the Cayenne Diesel, which provides 406 lb.-ft of torque and 29 MPG on the highway.

Porsche Approved Certified Pre-Owned vehicle sales were 870 for August 2012, an 18 percent increase over August 2011. Year-to-date, Porsche has sold 6,500 CPO models, an eleven percent increase versus 2011 (5,879).

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Subaru of America, Inc. Continues Hot Streak As August Sales Mark Nine Consecutive Months Of Gains
- August sales 35% increase over 2011
- Year-to-date sales of 217,780 a 25 percent increase over 2011

CHERRY HILL, N.J., Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Subaru of America, Inc. today reported sales of 28,293 vehicles for the month of August.  The company also reported year-to-date sales of 217,780, which represents an impressive 24.7 percent increase over prior year.

Sales for newly-refreshed Outback and Legacy models have increased 49 percent and 18 percent for the month respectively. Sales for the all-new Impreza -- America's most fuel efficient all-wheel drive vehicle -- have increased 150 percent year-to-date.

"Subaru is giving consumers exactly what they want – no-compromises, safe, and fun to drive vehicles," said Thomas J. Doll, executive vice president and COO, Subaru of America, Inc. "Our all-wheel drive SUVs and sedans are hitting the sweet spot for buyers.  We are also seeing an overwhelmingly positive reception for the newly-introduced BRZ sports car and expect similar sentiment when XV Crosstrek hits the showrooms this month."  

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Ford Escape, Fusion Deliver Best-Ever August Sales; Company Sees Gains in Cars, Utilities and Trucks

DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

   Ford Motor Company's August U.S. sales increased 13 percent with 197,249 vehicles sold; retail sales up 19 percent compared with year-ago
   Ford Escape compact utility sales totaled 28,188 vehicles – a 37 percent increase versus a year ago and its best August ever
   Fusion sales of 21,690 vehicles up 21 percent, delivering all-time best August sales; Focus sales increase 35 percent with 19,073 vehicles sold
   F-Series sales grew 19 percent totaling 58,201 vehicles, reflecting 13 straight months of monthly sales gains and our best sales month this year for America's most-popular vehicle
   Ford announces fourth quarter production of 725,000 vehicles; up 7 percent from year-ago levels

Ford Motor Company's (NYSE: F) U.S. total sales increased 13 percent in August compared with last year – and 19 percent for retail sales – with gains in cars, utilities and trucks.  

"As fuel prices rose again during August, we saw growing numbers of people gravitate toward our fuel-efficient vehicles – cars, utilities and trucks," said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. "Customers increasingly value savings at the pump, and Ford is answering the call with a full family of vehicles with leading fuel efficiency and the power to choose which vehicle best meets their needs."

Ford also added a third crew at the Louisville Assembly Plant in August to support demand for the new Escape small utility – the fastest-turning vehicle in Ford's U.S. lineup. Escape posted its best August sales results ever, with a 37 percent gain versus last year, with 28,188 vehicles sold.

Explorer posted its best August sales results since 2006, with 13,168 vehicles sold.

Ford passenger car sales were up 7 percent in August, including 35 percent in retail sales. Fusion posted a sixth consecutive monthly sales record, with best-ever August sales totaling 21,690 vehicles – a 21 percent increase over last year. Focus sales totaled 19,073 vehicles, a 35 percent increase versus last year. Mustang posted a 12 percent increase, with 6,387 vehicles sold.

Sales of Ford trucks increased 6 percent in August. America's best-selling vehicle, the Ford F-Series, reported sales of 58,201 vehicles – 19 percent increase year-over-year – for its 13th straight month of sales increases and its best sales month of 2012. EcoBoost-equipped F-150s surpassed the 200,000 sales threshold in August.

In addition, Ford is announcing its fourth-quarter North American production plan. The company plans to build 725,000 vehicles in the fourth quarter, up 7 percent (50,000 vehicles) from the fourth quarter of 2011. The company also said it will be slightly below its previous third quarter 2012 North American production guidance of 690,000 vehicles, with one month of production left in the quarter.

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Chrysler Group LLC Reports August 2012 U.S. Sales Increased 14 Percent; Best August Sales in Five Years

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. , Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --

   Best August sales since 2007
   29th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains
   Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram Truck, and FIAT brands each post sales increases in August compared with same month a year ago
   FIAT brand sets all-time sales record with 34 percent increase
   FIAT brand introduces the new 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo, the fourth model in U.S. product lineup
   Chrysler brand sales up 25 percent; best August sales since 2007
   Chrysler 300 flagship sedan records 65 percent increase; best August sales since 2007
   Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan sets sales record for month of August
   Chrysler Town & Country posts 30 percent sales increase; best August since 2006
   Ram Truck brand sales up 18 percent compared with same month last year
   Ram pickup truck sales up 19 percent in August as Light Duty, Heavy Duty and Chassis Cab models post sales gains
   Best Ram pickup truck sales since 2007
   Dodge brand sales up 13 percent; best August sales since 2005
   Sales of the all-new 2013 Dodge Dart up 294 percent compared with previous month as production ramp up continues in the Belvidere, Ill. assembly plant
   Dodge Journey full-size crossover sets an all-time sales record
   Dodge Avenger mid-size sedan and Dodge Challenger muscle car set sales records for month of August
   Dodge Grand Caravan sales up 35 percent; best August sales since 2005
   Jeep brand sales increase 5 percent in August; best August since 2003
   Jeep Wrangler sets sales record for month of August
   Jeep Grand Cherokee sales up 13 percent compared with same month a year ago; best August sales since 2006
   Chrysler Group's revamped product lineup and extensive quality investments make it the most improved automaker in Strategic Vision's 2012 Total Quality Index study
   Dodge Charger, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Fiat 500 win Strategic Vision 2012 Total Quality Awards
   Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger win AutoPacific's 2012 Ideal Vehicle Awards based on owners' ratings of their 2012 cars and trucks

Chrysler Group LLC today reported U.S. sales of 148,472 units, a 14 percent increase compared with sales in August 2011 (130,120 units), and the group's best August sales since 2007.

The Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram Truck, and FIAT brands each recorded year-over-year sales gains in August compared with the same month a year ago. The FIAT brand's 34 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any Chrysler Group brand for the month. August marked Chrysler Group's 29th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains.

The Dodge brand produced three record-setting models while registering the largest sales volume of any Chrysler Group brand in August. The Dodge Journey full-size crossover, the most versatile and affordable crossover in America, set an all-time sales record while the sporty Dodge Avenger mid-size sedan and Dodge Challenger muscle car each set a sales record for the month of August.

The FIAT, Chrysler and Jeep brands also produced record-setting models in August. The Fiat 500 set an all-time sales record with its 34 percent sales gain while the Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan and the Jeep Wrangler established sales records for the month of August.

"Our Iron Man streak continued last month as we posted our 29th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales growth," said Reid Bigland, President and CEO – Dodge Brand and Head of U.S. Sales. "Our hard work over the past few years is starting to pay some dividends in our sales growth, quality awards and profitability. Not to mention, an incredibly resilient U.S. new vehicle sales industry doesn't hurt either."

Chrysler Group's 14 percent increase in August was driven in part by sales of the all-new Dodge Dart compact sedan (3,045 units). Dart sales were up 294 percent in August compared with the previous month of July, as the Belvidere, Ill. assembly plant continues to ramp up Dart production.

The Chrysler 300 flagship sedan, with its substantial 65 percent increase, contributed to Chrysler Group's August increase, as did the Chrysler Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan minivans, each posting double-digit percentage gains for the month. The Jeep Grand Cherokee, with a 13 percent hike, had its best August in six years while the Ram pickup truck extended its lengthy streak of consecutive year-over-year sales gains with a 19 percent increase in August.

Chrysler Group finished the month with a 66-days supply of inventory (362,407 units). U.S. industry sales figures for August are projected at an estimated 14.6 million units Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate (SAAR).

August 2012 U.S. Sales Highlights by Brand

FIAT Brand

FIAT brand sales, up 34 percent compared with the same month a year ago, were an all-time sales record in August. Sales of the Fiat 500 Cabrio were up 37 percent versus the same month last year, while the Fiat 500 Abarth, the ultimate high-performance small car, recorded a 22 percent increase compared with sales during the previous month of July. The Fiat 500 was one of three Chrysler Group models to rank highest in their segment in Strategic Vision's 2012 Total Quality Index in August. The Fiat 500 was ranked first in the Small Car segment.

The FIAT Brand introduced the new 2013 Fiat 500 Turbo in August, the fourth model in the expanding FIAT brand product lineup and one of the most affordable turbo-charged vehicles in America. The Fiat 500 Turbo features a 135-horsepower 1.4-liter MultiAir® Turbo engine, sport-tuned suspension, track-proven brakes, dynamic exterior design and sport-styled interior. The new Fiat 500 Turbo answers the call for enthusiasts who are drawn to the Italian style of the Fiat 500 but want more power and performance for their daily drive.

Chrysler Brand

Chrysler brand sales were up 25 percent, the brand's best August sales in five years and its 14th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. Sales of the Chrysler 300 flagship sedan were up 65 percent, the full-size sedan's best August sales in five years. The Chrysler 200 mid-size sedan contributed to the brand's sales gain by setting a sales record for the month of August. The Chrysler Town & Country minivan, which offers families versatility, luxury, and convenience at a value, logged a double-digit sales increase, its best August sales in six years and second best sales month this year.

Ram Truck Brand

The Ram pickup truck extended its streak of year-over-year sales gains to 28-consecutive months in August. Sales of the Ram pickup truck, Chrysler Group's volume leader, were up 19 percent in August compared with the same month a year ago. It was the pickup truck's best August sales performance since 2007. Of the Ram 1500 sales, the regular cab pickups posted the largest percentage sales increase in August, while the crew cab trucks led in volume. The Ram Light Duty, Heavy Duty and Chassis Cab pickup trucks posted year-over-year sales increases in August. The Ram Cargo Van posted a 53 percent sales increase compared with the previous month of July.

The Ram Truck brand, which recorded its best August sales in four years, introduced its new 2013 Ram 1500 to the automotive media in August underscoring the model's best-in-class fuel economy, state-of-the-art technology, and class-exclusive features. Production of the Ram begins this month and is expected to arrive in dealer showrooms in October.

Dodge Brand

Dodge brand sales increased 13 percent, the brand's best August sales since 2005 and its second best sales month this year. Dodge brand sales of 47,348 units represented the largest sales volume of any Chrysler Group brand in August. Sales of the all-new Dodge Dart compact sedan soared 294 percent in its third month of sales. As Dart production continues to ramp up in the Belvidere, Ill. assembly plant, a full, multifaceted marketing campaign will launch this month, following the 90-second "How to Change Cars Forever" commercial that debuted in July.

As sales of the new Dart heat up, three Dodge models set sales records in August. The Dodge Journey, the most versatile and affordable crossover in America, set an all-time sales record with its hefty 58 percent increase in August. The sporty Dodge Avenger mid-size sedan and Dodge Challenger muscle car each set sales records for month of August. Not to be outdone by the passenger cars, the Dodge Grand Caravan had its best August in seven years. In fact, the Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town & Country minivans each logged double-digit sales increases in August.

The Dodge Charger took home a Strategic Vision 2012 Total Quality Award in the Large Car segment, complementing its 30 percent sales increase in August, while the Dodge brand was cited as the most improved brand in the industry.

Jeep® Brand

Jeep brand sales were up 5 percent, the brand's best August sales in nine years and its 28th-consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains. The Jeep Wrangler, the brand's volume leader in August, set a sales record for the month of August. Sales of the Jeep Grand Cherokee, the most awarded SUV ever, were up 13 percent, its best August sales in six years. Sales of the Jeep Liberty were up 15 percent in August compared with the same month last year. It was the Liberty's best August since 2006.

The Grand Cherokee won a Total Quality Award in the Medium SUV segment from Strategic Vision in August. Strategic Vision's Total Quality Index reflects all aspects of buying, owning and driving a vehicle as a holistic measure, and encompasses positive and negative experiences including reliability, driving excitement, emotional attachment and overall sales and service satisfaction.  

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