Chrysler LLC on Monday reported record sales outside
North America in 2007, rising 15 per cent over 2006 figures, even as
its sales worldwide slipped.
The private company said it had its best year in international
markets for 2007, selling 238,218 vehicles, up from the 206,925 it
sold in 2006.
``We feel that the international business showed the potential
that we have in front of us,'' vice-chairman and president Jim Press
told reporters on a conference call.
Still, international sales represented only nine per cent of the
company's business. Executives said Chrysler is trying to expand
that by bolstering its dealer network and forming alliances with
automakers across the globe.
Total sales outside the U.S. amounted to 599,618, up eight per
cent from 2006, but sales worldwide dropped just less than one per
cent to 2.68 million vehicles, due largely to a three per cent
decline in U.S. sales last year.