The Chrysler brand sold more cars and trucks than any other month in its history, spurred by the continued success of the PT Cruiser and a 24 percent increase in Cirrus sales. The Chrysler group also set a second consecutive sport utility vehicles sales record, selling 69,982 vehicles (Jeep Grand Cherokee sales were 24,926 units, posting a four percent increase compared with May 1999). Total sales for all the brands of the Chrysler group were 226,348, down 18 percent compared with May of 1999, the corporation's best-ever sales month.
"We sold nearly a quarter of a million vehicles in May, and when you look at this number, we had a very solid month," said Theodor Cunningham, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing. "However, when you compare that to May of 1999, which was the best-ever sales month in our history, the numbers are down."
DaimlerChrysler Corporation U.S. Sales Summary, Thru May 2000 Month Sales DR % Sales CYTD DR % Model Curr Yr Pr Yr Change Curr Yr Pr Yr Change Wrangler 9881 11234 -15% 38119 37972 0% Cherokee 13060 16928 -26% 60904 69602 -13% Grand Cherokee 24926 23078 4% 111434 112931 -2% JEEP BRAND 47867 51240 -10% 210457 220505 -5% Selling Days 26 25 128 127
We came across a column in The Detroit News by Paul Lienert regarding the 2002 Cherokee - here's a snippet:
DaimlerChrysler engineers are testing heavily disguised prototypes of the next-generation Cherokee, although the 2002 models are still a year away from reaching dealer showrooms.
Under the camouflage, the new four-doors appear to have the same basic shape as the current XJ-series Cherokee, which dates back to American Motors days in the early 1980s. The profile is a bit more rounded, with a hint of the retro styling that characterized the popular Jeep Dakar concept several years ago. The prototypes carry their full-size spares on the tailgate, rather than inside the cargo bay.
DaimlerChrysler suppliers say the company will likely carry over the current Cherokee for six months to a year after it begins production in early 2001 of the all-new Cherokee (code named KJ) at the new Toledo plant. The KJ-series reportedly will be built on a longer, 104-inch wheelbase, and will be powered by an all-new 3.7-liter V-6 derivative of the 4.7-liter V-8 that is fitted to its upscale sibling, the Grand Cherokee.
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