Despite the government shut down last month, the US car market seems to have survived unscathed, with Chrysler (in particular) recording an 11% rise in sales, moving 140,083 cars and trucks vs 126,185 in October 2012.
The two most successful vehicles proved to be the Ram pick-up and Jeep Grand Cherokee despite a delayed debut of the 2014 model and recent recalls of past models. In fact Grand Cherokee sales were up by 20%, with Ram climbing by 18%. The Fiat 500, however dropped by 36% as gas prices dropped during the month.
"After a choppy start to the beginning of the month, Chrysler Group sales accelerated in the second half of the month with renewed consumer confidence," stated Reid Bigland, the company's head of sales in the U.S.
Despite a dismal economy, automotive sales have remained a consistently :”bright light,” running at an annual rate of around 15.5 million this year, with Ford and GM also posting increases last month.