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              This Feb. 16, 2012 photo shows Chrysler logo on the Chrysler exhibit at the 2012 Pittsburgh Auto Show. Chrysler, Nissan and Volkswagen all reported strong U.S. sales in February, kicking off what is expected to be another strong month for automakers. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
              This Feb. 16, 2012 photo shows Chrysler logo on the Chrysler exhibit at the 2012 Pittsburgh Auto Show. Chrysler, Nissan and Volkswagen all reported strong U.S. sales in February, kicking off what is expected to be another strong month for automakers. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)   

Chrysler sales up 34 percent in March

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler Group says its U.S. sales jumped 34 percent in March on strong sales of its Fiat small cars and Chrysler sedans.

It was the best month for the company in four years as consumers grow confident enough in the economic recovery to buy new cars.

Chrysler says sales of the Fiat 500 hit 3,712, compared to just 500 last March when the car was first on the market. The subcompact Fiat is growing in popularity as new dealerships open and fuel prices rise.

Sales of Chrysler’s 200 and 300 sedans each doubled over last March. Recent revamps to both cars are attracting new buyers.

Jeep brand sales also rose 36 percent on the strength of the Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Other automakers are set to release sales figures later Tuesday.