Chrysler: U.S. Sales Down 33%

DETROIT (Reuters) – Chrysler LLC said on Wednesday its U.S. sales fell 33 percent in September to 107,349 vehicles because of a highly volatile economic environment and reduced fleet and lease volume.

“The economy is going through a difficult restructuring, resulting in great uncertainty among consumers,” Jim Press, Chrysler Vice Chairman and President, said in a statement.

Chrysler’s car sales declined 29 percent, while its truck sales declined 34 percent.

Chrysler also announced a new consumer incentive program, featuring cash rebates and low-cost loans, on 2008 model-year vehicles.

Chrysler’s numbers were not adjusted for the extra selling day in September 2007.

(Reporting by Poornima Gupta; Editing by Andre Grenon)