AUBURN HILLS, MI
— With U.S. sales for March 2005 increasing 4 percent, the Chrysler Group reported on April 1 its 12th consecutive month of positive sales gains.The Chrysler Group U.S. sales for March were 212,978 units. First quarter sales for the Chrysler Group totaled 546,732 units, an increase of 7 percent compared with first quarter 2004 sales of 517,504 units. First-quarter 2005 results represent six consecutive quarters of sales gains for the Chrysler Group. Sales of Chrysler Group minivans were up 28 percent, Chrysler brand sales increased 16 percent, while quarterly sales for the brand increased 28 percent, and Chrysler 300 sales reached their highest monthly total ever, posting sales of 13,475 units.Jeep brand sales increased 1 percent; Jeep Grand Cherokee sales were up 6 percent, while Jeep Liberty sales declined 3 percent. Jeep Wrangler sales increased 15 percent compared with the prior year.Quarterly sales of Dodge brand products increased 3 percent; Dodge Durango sales increased 12 percent versus sales of March 2004. Chrysler Group finished the month with 616,843 units of inventory, or a 78-day supply.