Fiat Chrysler US sales rise 6 percent in April

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

DETROIT (AP) — Fiat Chrysler says its U.S. sales rose 6 percent last month, a sign that April will be another good month for the industry.

The company says it sold just over 189,000 cars and trucks for its best April since 2007. But the increase fell short of analysts' predictions. expected Chrysler sales to rise 10.6 percent and predicted a 7.5 percent increase.

Chrysler was led by the Jeep brand, which posted record monthly sales of nearly 72,000 vehicles. That was up 20 percent from a year ago.

The Cherokee small SUV led the way with a 27 percent increase to just over 19,000.

Industry analysts expect U.S. sales to rise around 6 percent when all automakers report their April results on Friday.