DaimlerChrysler had record sales of 208,032 units in the U.S. in January. Dodge, Jeep®, Chrysler and Plymouth brand vehicles represented 195,807 of those units, a 19 percent increase for those brands over the previous year and the fourth consecutive month in which they have set a monthly record. Mercedes-Benz USA posted sales of 12,225, versus 11,720 units for the same period last year.
Seventeen sales records in all were set in January for the Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler and Plymouth brands, including new high marks for Jeep vehicles, the Dodge division, Dodge Ram Pickup, Dodge Durango, Chrysler Concorde and the Plymouth Breeze.
Also among those setting January sales records were Dodge trucks, with sales of 82,699, a 19 percent increase over last January's sales of 72,521; Jeep Grand Cherokee, which sold 22,496 units, a 29 percent jump over the same period last year. Dodge Ram pickup also had a new January high mark, with 29,897, an 18 percent over last year; Dodge Durango sold 14,782 units, a 60 percent increase compared to last year; Dodge Intrepid sales totaled 12,456, representing a 79 percent increase over January 1998's 7,227; and Dodge Dakota sold 10,914 units, an eight percent increase over January 1998's record of 10,492.