December car sales up for Ford, Chyrsler

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Chrysler reports best sales year since 2007

DETROIT (AP) -- Chrysler says its U.S. sales last year were the best since 2007.

The company says sales rose 21 percent for the year, led by the Ram pickup and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV.

For December, Chrysler's sales increased 10 percent to 152,367 cars and trucks.

Americans bought new vehicles at a strong pace last month. The robust sales came even with uncertainty in Washington over a budget deal that would have raised taxes and cut spending sharply, threatening the U.S. economy. Chrysler says industry sales jumped to an annual rate of 15.8 million in December, making it the strongest month of the year.

The company was the first carmaker to report sales Thursday.

Ford's US sales up 2 percent in December

DETROIT (AP) -- Ford Motor Co. says its U.S. sales rose 2 percent in December, as strong sales of small cars made up for weak truck sales.

Sales of the Focus small car rose 58 percent from last December, while the Fiesta subcompact was up 53 percent. F-Series pickup truck sales were flat compared with last December. Sales of the new Ford Escape small SUV, which has been hit with several recalls, fell 21 percent.

Ford's U.S. sales were up 5 percent overall this year. Truck sales rose just 2 percent, but Ford saw higher increases for cars and SUVs like the Ford Explorer.

Sales of Ford's luxury Lincoln brand fell 4 percent as the company began a multi-year makeover of the brand.



 
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