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Chrysler sales up 13 per cent in July, led by Ram pickup and 200 sedan

FILE - This Feb. 16, 2012 photo shows Chrysler logo on the Chrysler exhibit at the 2012 Pittsburgh Auto Show. Chrysler says its U.S. sales rose 13 percent in July on strong demand for the Chrysler 200 sedan and other models. Chrysler says it sold more than 126,000 new cars and trucks last month, the company's best July in five years. Sales of its best-selling Ram pickup rose 17 percent as home building increased. Sales of the 200 rose 43 percent. The company's sales increase was slightly above expectations for overall industry growth of about 11 percent. Car companies report U.S. sales throughout the day on Wednesday.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
August 01, 2012 - 9:29 AM

DETROIT - Chrysler's U.S. sales rose 13 per cent in July on demand for Ram pickups, a sign that car and truck sales will remain strong despite worries about the economy.

The company, which was the first to report sales on Wednesday, said it sold more than 126,000 cars and trucks — its best July in five years.

Chrysler's results were just above expectations for overall industry growth of about 11 per cent. Summer clearance deals likely trump buyers' concerns about the economy last month.

Toyota, Honda and Nissan are also expected to do well. Analysts predict all three Japanese automakers will report big gains over July of last year, when their supplies were still limited by earthquake damage in Japan.

Analysts expected that good deals helped buyers overlook negatives such as stagnant hiring and the financial crisis in Europe.

Auto buying site TrueCar.com estimates Volkswagen's incentive spending was up 38 per cent last month. Volkswagen was offering zero per cent financing for five years on all non-diesel 2012 models. Nissan's spending was also up 22 per cent to $3,205, the highest level among the eight largest automakers. Nissan was offering up to $3,400 off the outgoing Altima sedan as the new version hits the market.

At Chrysler, sales of its bestselling Ram pickup rose 17 per cent in July as home building increased. Sales of the 200 jumped 43 per cent to more than 9,000.

Overall, Chrysler said it sold more than 126,000 cars and trucks last month, including nearly 800 Dodge Darts, a key new compact car for the company.

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