NEW YORK (Dow Jones)--DaimlerChrysler AG's (DCX) U.S. sales of passenger vehicles rose 5% in January, as gains at the company's Chrysler unit outpaced sales of Mercedes-branded cars.
In a press release Wednesday, the German carmaker said its U.S. unit had vehicle sales of 155,465 in the month, up 5% from 148,111 last year. Mercedes-Benz USA, the luxury car unit, posted a 3% increase to 12,469 vehicles versus 12,101 a year earlier.
The company's total sales rose to 167,934 vehicles from 160,212.
Chrysler, which has a tenuous grip on third place in the U.S. market, plans to introduce 10 new vehicles in 2006. Mercedes is set to start selling a new version of its S-Class cars in March.
-Jeremy Herron; Dow Jones Newswires; 201-938-5400; AskNewswires@DowJones.com
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