Chrysler minivans set records as North American auto sales boom

Monday, January 5, 2015

The Windsor Star/Grace Macaluso

The Windsor-built Chrysler Town and Country was the top-selling minivan in the United States last year, and helped Fiat Chrysler post record-setting sales on both sides of the border.

FCA US said Monday its U.S. sales rose 20 per cent last month compared to December 2013, while demand in Canada soared 40 per cent.

Full-year industry sales in the U.S. reached 16.44 million last year, up 5.8 per cent from 2013, while Canadian sales rose 6.1 per cent to more than 1.84 million.

“Vehicle sales were unbelievably strong in 2014,” said David Adams, president of the Global Automakers of Canada. “Consumer confidence also rebounded nicely in December for the first time since August, and when you combine that with low gas prices, and very attractive year-end manufacturers’ sales and financing, it is no wonder the year ended with a bang.”

Adams said the momentum in both countries will continue this year. “If you look at the fundamentals in both countries, there’s no reason why sales should not continue to move forward, potentially towards another record year. We’re going to have lower gasoline prices for the foreseeable future and low interest rates, although that may be coming to an end at some point.”

Canadian sales will likely rise moderately and hover in the 1.85 million range, he added.

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