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02/01/11
automotive
Detroit 3 report big January sales gains  Trucks and crossovers helped propel Detroit's carmakers into double digit sales increases for January.

Meanwhile, foreign carmakers also noted a strong sales month with Hyundai Motor America reporting a 58 percent increase in retail sales and a 22 percent jump in overall sales.

All three of Detroit's carmakers reported sales increases in January, compared to the same month last year.

With its 23 percent jump, Chrysler Group LLC reported its 10th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases.

Chrysler's Jeep brand led the sales jump; every Jeep model reported a sales increase except the Jeep Commander, which is being discontinued. The all-new Jeep Grand Cherokee more than doubled its sales compared with last January, up 130 percent.

Dodge and Ram brands also showed at least a 20 percent increase in sales, while the Chrysler brand saw sales drop 7 percent.

"We have set the foundation for a year of sales growth with our 16 all-new or significantly revamped models for 2011," said Fred Diaz, president and CEO of the Ram truck brand and lead executive for U.S. sales.

"We have started the year on a strong note, and we intend to continue gaining sales momentum as our new 2011 models hit dealer showrooms during this first quarter." Detroit News

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