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Big Three Automakers Have Disappointing December, But Sell Over 7 Million In 2013

The total industry expects 2013 U.S. sales to come in at 15.6 million, the best year since 2007, when it sold 16.1 million.

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The Chrysler Group, which includes the Fiat, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram brands, sold 1.8 million cars in the U.S. in 2013, up from 1.65 million last year.

The closely watched monthly numbers were a bit disappointing for Chrysler — sales were up 6%, while analysts were expecting an 8.3% jump.

But the December numbers were disappointing: sales of 182,062 were down 6% from last year, and analysts were expecting a .8% increase.

Ford, which includes the Ford and Lincoln brands, had its best year since 2006, with 2.5 million sales, up 11% from last year.

Like its rivals, Ford had a disappointing December: it sold 218,000 cars, up 2%, but analysts were expecting 5.9%

Matthew Zeitlin is a business reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Zeitlin reports on Wall Street and big banks.

Contact Matthew Zeitlin at matt.zeitlin@buzzfeed.com.

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