Trucks, SUVs push Fiat Chrysler to 6 pct. April sales jump

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DETROIT (AP) – The truck and SUV boom continued last month, propelling Fiat Chrysler to a 6 percent sales increase and its best April in more than a decade.

The Italian-American automaker says it sold almost 200,000 vehicles last month, led by a 17 percent increase in sales of Jeep SUVs. The company’s most popular vehicle was the Ram pickup with sales up 8 percent to more than 41,000. It was Fiat Chrysler’s best April since 2005.

But the company’s car sales fell 8 percent for the month, following a U.S. trend away from sedans.

Analysts expect U.S. sales of new cars and trucks to be up 4 percent over last April. Car-buying site Edmunds.com predicts April sales of more than 1.51 million, beating the previous record for the month set in 2005.

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