DETROIT (AP) - The parent of Chrysler and Fiat says its U.S. sales rose 2 percent in March as strong demand for Jeep offset lower Ram pickup truck sales.

DETROIT (AP) The parent of Chrysler and Fiat says its U.S. sales rose 2 percent in March as strong demand for Jeep offset lower Ram pickup truck sales.

FCA says it sold 197,261 vehicles last month. It was the company's best March since 2007.

Jeep sales jumped 23 percent thanks to brisk sales of the Cherokee, Grand Cherokee and Patriot SUVs. Chrysler brand sales were also up as sales of its 200 sedan more than doubled.

But Ram pickup sales fell 2 percent from particularly strong sales last March.

Other automakers report March sales later Wednesday.

Analysts expect sales to be flat compared with last March. Car buying site TrueCar.com predicted total U.S. sales of 1.5 million vehicles in March, down less than 1 percent from a year ago.