Chrysler is an American automobile manufacturer and is a wholly- owned subsidiary of Italian automaker Fiat. The Chrysler Group consists of the Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram Truck brands as well as the performance SRT and Mopar brands. Chrysler's marketing and corporate history are often objects of controversy, but their vehicles are nearly always accepted as beautiful engineering (to paraphrase their 2007-2010 slogan). As the brand renews itself yet again, it is introducing compelling cars and trucks that are setting new standards in the automotive market. The company has been credited with many automotive firsts, including the first practical mass-produced four-wheel hydraulic brakes, rubber engine mounts, ridged-rim wheels, the first all- transistor car radio, and others.
Sales Statistics Chrysler
Globally, the Chrysler Group sells over 1.8 million vehicles annually (as of 2013), making it the thirteenth largest auto manufacturer in the world. Its parent, Fiat, consistently ranks seventh in the world. The United States is by far the largest market for Chrysler and accounts in 2013 also for more than 80% of global sales. Sales in Europe have continued to drop sharply for Chrysler since 2007. Whereas the company sold 120,431 units in 2007, the amount of sales dropped to a mere 13,171 units. In Chrysler’s defense, they did manage since that time to gain access and penetrate other markets such as Australia, Russia and Japan. Also, Chrysler officially pulled out of Europe since 2009 with exception of the U.K. and Ireland so the sales might not represent the actual demand. Still, there are many car lovers in Europe who still import Chrysler vehicles from the United States.
Since 1992, 142.879 Chrysler cars were imported from the U.S. to Europe. Most popular are by far the Stratus and the Neon. Which account for almost 50% of all imports. The biggest individual import market for Chrysler is Germany with a 30% share.
One risk factor for imported Chrysler cars from the US is to buy a total loss car. The concept of a total loss car needs little explanation. More important however is to mention that many cars which have been declared a total loss in the United States are exported to Europe without mentioning it to their new owners. How is this possible? The cars are often illegally repaired at the lowest cost possible and exported to get the highest possible price. Used car buyers in Europe can be fooled more easily because they are mostly unaware of any type of damage history. In the last years 6.639 Chrysler were exported to Europe with a total loss history.
A different, but definitely not less damaging type of history is flood history. There are some states in the U.S. that are less environmentally unstable than others. Think of earthquakes, floods, hurricanes etc. These type of weather conditions can also affect cars and their functionality. When it does, the value of the vehicle is often significantly reduced. The solution is often similar: send them to Europe, where the people don’t know about the potential damages. Presently there are 653 Chryslers in Europe with a known damage of flood.
Buying a used car can be a tricky search. How do you find a car that just functions properly, has no hidden history and an honest price? And not less important, how can I avoid buying a lemon car? Luckily, there are only 40 Chrysler cars in Europe that have been detected or reported to CARFAX as a lemon vehicle. Lemon cars are cars which are a continuous pain through costly reparations, limited functionality or and negative history. These cars seem to be a financial drain without any returns. Buying a great car starts with weeding out the worst: Pull your CARFAX Report now!
Since 1992, there were 31886 Chrysler Stratus vehicles imported from the U.S. to Europe. More than 30% of for U.S. imported Chrysler Stratus vehicles in Europe have one or more risk factors.
Since 1992 over 30679 Chrysler Neon vehicles were imported from the U.S. to Europe. Less than 10 % of all American Chrysler Neon Imports have one or more risk factor!
Almost 40% of all Chrysler 300 imported into Europe have had an incident reported to CARFAX. Some examples of particular interest include:
- 1.039 Chrysler 300 were imported into Europe with open recalls, which accounts for almost half of the incidents reported to CARFAX. This is especially important to avoid because most manufacturer warranties only cover the cost of recalls in the vehicle’s original country. Fiat Chrysler had the third most recalls in the United States in 2014.
- 895 Chrysler 300 have been imported into Europe with a salvage title reported to CARFAX. A salvage title can mean many things (depending on the state where the title was issued), but in most cases it means the vehicle is not roadworthy due to being damaged in an accident, flood, fire, or other event.
- 121 Chrysler 300 had flood damage when they were imported into Europe.
Sales & Import Stats
In 2014, Chrysler sold 53,382 300s in the United States. While still relatively strong, this is almost 1/3 of the number of sales 10 years ago. Since 1992, more than 6.088 Chrysler 300 were imported from the USA into Europe.
Anyone looking for an American alternative to typical European comfort, may find it fitting to buy a Chrysler 300 from the US. With its elegant design, spacious dimensions, and comfortable interior, the 300 makes for a great long-distance driver’s car. It’s surprisingly good in the bends as well.
Those who buy a Chrysler 300 from the US are given two powertrain options: the base-model comes with a 292-hp or 300-hp 3.6-liter V6 (rear- or all-wheel drive available), and in the options list is a 363-hp 5.7-liter HEMI V8 (rear-wheel drive only). Standard on each model is a smooth-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. There are a few different trims available as well: Limited, 300S, 300C, and the top-of-the-line 300C Platinum.
The 300 is a handsome car, regardless of which trim you choose. For those who want to buy a Chrysler 300 from the US, you’ll find European refinement, in an American package.