"Rebound at Chrysler Group. Chrysler Group, which includes the Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep brands, posted a 16% gain in December, despite the fact that sales of its car models fell by nearly half from a year ago. Strong sales of its light truck models more than made up for the weakness in cars.
The month allowed the automaker, which went through bankruptcy in 2009, to post a 17% rebound in full-year sales, allowing it to stay ahead of Nissan for the No. 5 position in U.S. sales.
"The Jeep brand continues to be the best thing Chrysler has going," said Edmunds.com Senior Analyst Karl Brauer. "There are still too many dogs in the house, such as the Patriot, Compass and Liberty, but the Wrangler and Grand Cherokee have huge brand equity.'"