German carmaker DaimlerChrysler AG on Tuesday said April auto sales edged up slightly as stronger demand for trucks outweighed lower car sales.
Sales companywide rose 1.3 percent to 213,999 vehicles versus 211,365 in the same month last year.
Chrysler Group, the large U.S. division, reported a 1.6 percent increase in auto sales to 193,104 from 190,095 in April last year. Mercedes-Benz USA posted a 1.8 percent decline in monthly sales to 20,895 from 21,270.
At Chrysler Group, car sales slid 20.1 percent to 46,665 from 58,411 on weaker sales of Chrysler and Dodge brand vehicles. Truck sales rose 11.2 percent at the same time to 146,439 from 131,684.
In the Chrysler division, demand for the Sebring and 300 model sedans plummeted, as did demand for the Crossfire sports coupe _ all high-volume models. Sales of the Dodge Stratus plunged, as well.
Adjusted for two additional selling days in the 2006 period, companywide April sales volume decreased 9.7 percent while Chrysler Group sales fell 10.1 percent.
Year to date, DaimlerChrysler sales are down 2.1 percent to 807,233 from 824,851. Chrysler Group sales volumes have fallen 2.9 percent so far this year to 730,353 from 752,339 as lower car sales offset modestly higher sales of trucks.
The 2007 and 2006 periods include the same number of selling days.