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January 5, 2014

Chrysler finishesa strong 2013

Automaker sales up 9 percent compared to 2012.

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Analysts said Chrysler’s December sales, which were up 5.7 percent from a year ago, missed predictions of an 8 percent gain. Slower than expected sales were seen at other automakers last month, with Chrysler and others partially blaming bad weather for the somewhat tepid sales month.

Overall, U.S. auto sales are expected to finish near 15.6 million vehicles, up about 8 percent, according to Reuters.

This should be best sales year since 2007, just prior to the recession, when 16.1 million vehicles were sold in the U.S. market. The worst year for auto sales was 2009, when 10.4 million vehicles were sold.

Scott Smith can be reached at 765-454-8569, scott.smith@kokomotribune.com, or on Twitter, @JasonSSmith1.

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