Fiat Chrysler brushes off snow, posts 6 pct rise in US sales as strong economy trumps weather

Energy Associated Press

Fiat Chrysler overcame freezing temperatures and a barrage of Northeast snowstorms to post a 6 percent U.S. sales gain last month, a sign that the customers brushed off the snow and continued to buy cars.

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The company sold nearly 164,000 cars and trucks to post its best February in eight years. Chrysler was led by the Jeep brand with a 21 percent gain for its best February sales ever. Ram pickup sales grew 7 percent to more than 31,000.

All automakers report U.S. sales on Tuesday, and analysts are predicting an 8 percent increase over a year ago to nearly 1.3 million vehicles. They say a strong economy helped offset rising gas prices and bad weather in February.