To many, Chrysler is known for its minivans, trucks and SUVs. Afterall, we do carry names like Ram, Jeep, Town & Country and Grand Caravan, and, of course, we invented the minivan.

However, in recent months, it's names like 200, 300, Charger and others that are flexing their own muscles and fueling the sales growth in the U.S. and Canada -- and helping keep Chrysler Canada the #1 automaker in that country.

During February 2012, car sales in the U.S. and Canada were up 126% in each country.

In the U.S., car sales were 30% of our total sales for Feburary, and are about 29% through the first two months of the year. Last year? February car sales were 19% of total sales, and 18% through the first two months of 2011.

For February, our U.S. car leaders were:
  1. Chrysler 200: 9,717 sold, up 315% (The 200 was our #4 overall in the U.S.)
  2. Chrysler 300: 7,670 sold, up 480%
  3. Dodge Charger: 7,324 sold, up 124%
  4. Dodge Avenger: 6,570 sold, up 89%.
  5. Dodge Challenger: 3,669 sold, up 14%
Plus toss in the Fiat 500 with 3,227 sold, which didn't record any February 2011. U.S. sales.

For Chrysler Canada, car sales were 13% of total sales in February 2012 -- up from just 7% in February 2011. Through February 2012, car sales in Canada are also 13% of total sales.

Chrysler Canada car leaders are:
  1. Chrysler 200: 691 sold, up 980%
  2. Fiat 500: 532 sold, up 5911%
  3. Dodge Charger: 416 sold, up 275%
  4. Chrysler 300: 351 sold, up 394%

If you want to check out more of the February 2012 sales numbers, see the Chrysler Group U.S. auto sales news release and the Chrysler Canada auto sales story at Allpar.com.