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March was a Great Month for Automakers, Especially Chrysler


DETROIT(WKZO) --    The Big three have released their sales numbers for March and they produced some of the best numbers they have seen in years.  Chrysler led the way with a 34% increase. GM sales were up 12% and Ford sales rose 5%.   More details available below.

The Japanese automakers also posted double digit figures.

Another bit of promising news out of Detroit is that sales of the Chevy Volt have rebounded, doubling in March, no doubt given a lift by high gas prices.  Sales had slumped to the point that the factory where they are made was shut down for 5 weeks while GM sells off their back inventory.

March was the Volt’s best month ever.  They sold nearly 23-hundred of them, more than five times the number of its rival, the Nissan Leaf.


Other Sales figures from General Motors show a 12-percent gain last month.  Chevrolet led the sales upswing by posting an increase of nearly 17-percent compared to March of 2011.  The Silverado pickup was in high demand posting a 12-percent sales gain.   GMC sales were also up by over 12-percent, but Cadillac sales dropped 13-percent and Buick sales plunged by 16-percent in March.


Ford Motor Company announced their best sales performance for the month of March since 2007 with a sales gain of five-percent.  The automaker announced over 223-thousand vehicles were sold in March and retail sales were up by eleven-percent. Ford says first quarter sales were up by nine-percent compared to last year, led by the Ford Fusion which set an all-time monthly sales record of over 28-thousand 500 sold last month.  There were also strong sales of the Ford Focus, Edge, and the F-Series pickups.


Chrysler sales were up 34-percent in March compared to one year ago.  It is another double digit sales increase for the automaker.  The breakdown of sales found Chrysler division sales up by 70-percent in March, while Jeep sales soared by 36-percent and Dodge sales rose by 18-percent.  RAM truck sales increased by 23-percent last month.  Overall, the automaker is reporting its 24th consecutive monthly sales increase.