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Chrysler Canada sales rose 3 percent in October

Thursday, 1 Nov 2012 | 3:09 PM ET

Nov 1 (Reuters) - Chrysler Canada said on Thursday its sales in October rose 3 percent over a year before, continuing its nearly three-year run of stronger sales largely on the back of higher passenger car sales.

Chrysler Canada, a wholly-owned unit of Fiat SpA's Chrysler Group LLC affiliate, said last month's increase to 17,049 units sold was its 35th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases. That represents the longest sales streak in the company's history, it said in a statement.

Chrysler Canada's sales are up 6 percent year-to-date to 212,076 units.

October's higher sales were driven primarily by the Chrysler 200 sedan and the small, retro-styled and fuel-efficient Fiat 500. Sales of Chrysler's Ram pick-up truck also increased 3 percent in October.

Trucks have traditionally been the mainstay of Chrysler and the other Detroit automakers' sales in Canada. But with higher oil prices and a tougher economic climate, consumers have in recent years been turning in greater numbers to smaller, more fuel-efficient passenger cars.