o Chrysler Group Reports Sales of 190,367 Vehicles, a 3 Percent Increase for February 2006
o Mercedes-Benz USA Reports Sales of 17,356 Vehicles, a 28 Percent Increase for February 2006
NEW YORK, March 1 / -- DaimlerChrysler AG (NYSE: DCX), the third largest U.S. auto maker, today reported total group sales of 207,723 passenger vehicles in the U.S. for February 2006, a 4 percent increase compared to February 2005. All sales figures in this release are on an unadjusted basis unless otherwise noted.
Chrysler Group, which consists of the Chrysler, Jeep(R) and Dodge brands, posted sales of 190,367 vehicles in the U.S., an increase of 3 percent. Following global sales growth of 4.7 percent to 2.83 million units in 2005, Chrysler Group will launch 10 all-new vehicles in 2006, the most aggressive product launch in company history, while introducing some of the most fuel- efficient vehicles to date. Chrysler Group will take its best-selling Dodge brand to international markets in 2006, beginning with the all-new 2007 Dodge Caliber which is arriving in U.S. dealerships this month.
Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) posted sales of 17,356 units, up 28 percent compared to the same month last year. On the heels of recording twelve consecutive years of sales growth in 2005, February sales were boosted in part by this months' introduction of the 2007 S-Class, the ninth generation of Mercedes-Benz flagship vehicle.
Detailed vehicle sales information for MBUSA and Chrysler Group will be announced later today in separate press releases issued by the groups. February 2005 and February 2006 both had 24 selling days.
DaimlerChrysler AG U.S. Sales Summary Through February 2006
Month Sales % Sales CYTD %
Curr Yr Pr Yr Change Curr Yr Pr Yr Change
CHRYSLER GROUP 190,367 185,643 3% 345,832 333,754 4%
MERCEDES-BENZ USA 17,356 13,513 28% 29,825 25,614 16%
DAIMLERCHRYSLER 207,723 199,156 4% 375,657 359,368 5%
Selling Days 24 24 24 24
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