Chrysler And Jeep Starts 2003 With Its Best-Ever Sales Result

Chrysler and Jeep sold more cars in the UK during the first three months of 2003 than in any other first quarter period in the company's history, despite a lull in the automotive market.

A total of 5,274 Chrysler or Jeep vehicles were registered between January and the end of March, passing the best first quarter total set 12 months previously.

Sales increased by 3.7 per cent over last year's first quarter and Chrysler and Jeep ended this first three months with a 0.74 per cent share of the UK new car market.

Simon Elliott, Managing Director of Chrysler and Jeep in the UK, said: "This is a fantastic result for Chrysler and Jeep and I am delighted that our record volume sales success has been maintained during the first quarter of 2003. March was a fantastic month with sales increasing by 16%.

"Demand from our customers for cars that offer luxury, performance and originality, is still increasing and we expect this strong sales performance to continue throughout the rest of the year.

"The performance of the PT Cruiser has been particularly impressive this quarter and the recent price realignment will enable new customers to get even more car for their money."

Published 13 April 2003 Melanie Carter

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