Chrysler October Sales Crater by 35%

Richard Chen
by Richard Chen

It’s the same story for Chrysler: another month, another sad sales chart. Saying that, this month was a little different. Unlike many other carmakers, percentagewise, car sales were down (37 percent) more than truck sales (34 percent). Bright spots: a few extra Vipers (87) and discontinued Crossfires (253) bumped sales numbers up to 142 percent and 128 percent respectively. Challenger sales went up over last month despite the general doom and gloom to 3,104. Ram sales, a mix of 2008 and spanking new 2009’s, were down 21 percent, and another few thousand Journeys launched. Everything else was down, mostly well into the double digit percentages. Confirming suspicions of a stillborn launch, there was absolutely no mention of Durango/Aspen Hybrid sales. Zip. Nada. Total year-to-date sales are down to 26 percent. There are a few recent articles here and there about product tweaks, but the cupboard is bare, and the guillotine is looming.

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  • TriShield TriShield on Nov 04, 2008

    GM has a contract with Holden to import the G8 through 2012. Holden is planning on releasing an all-new, redesigned Commodore by then. Whether or not GM will continue to import it for Pontiac (or for any of their brands) is up in the air but unlikely due to the car's razor thin profit margins. Currently I can tell you there is no follow-up planned for the G8 once it's product cycle is up.

  • Fallout11 Fallout11 on Nov 04, 2008

    ...and there you go, another evolutionary dead end. Thanks, TriShield.

  • Ricky Spanish Ricky Spanish on Nov 04, 2008

    they still sell the Crossfire? I've seen like, 3 of them on the road - ever.

  • The Comedian The Comedian on Nov 05, 2008

    "they still sell the Crossfire?" They stopped making them a while ago, but they still have a good chunk of them stuck in the pipeline. Chrysler needs a good sales Heimlich.