Associated Press 12.03.07, 4:03 PM ETAUBURN HILLS, Mich. -
Chrysler LLC said Monday high fuel prices and the continued slump in consumer spending drove its U.S. sales 2.1 percent lower in November.
Chrysler sold a total of 161,088 vehicles in November, down from 164,556 in the same month of 2006.
Car sales rose 41.2 percent to 47,671 from 33,760. Demand for the Dodge Charger rose 42.7 percent to 10,341, sales of the Chrysler Sebring rose 14.9 percent to 8,708 and sales of the Chrysler 300 increased 6.9 percent to 11,512.
But sales of light trucks fell 13.3 percent to 113,417 from 130,796, including a 12 percent drop in Ram pickup sales to 24,488. Jeep brand sales fell 2.5 percent to 34,908.
So far this year, Chrysler sales are down 3.4 percent to 1.9 million vehicles from 2 million at the same time last year.
Adjusted for one additional selling day in the first 11 months of this year compared with last, Chrysler sales are down 3.8 percent.