Chrysler 3Q profit rises 22 pct on truck demand

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, file photo, Scott Garberding, senior vice president of manufacturing for Chrysler Group LLC stands between a 1992 Grand Cherokee, right, and the automaker's 5,000,000th vehicle produced at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant, in Detroit. Chrylser reports quarterly earnings on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

DETROIT (AP) — Chrysler Group's net income rose 22 percent to $464 million in the third quarter as U.S. demand for the Ram pickup and Jeep Grand Cherokee rose.

It was the Auburn Hills, Mich.-based company's ninth consecutive profitable quarter.

Revenue rose 13.5 percent to $17.6 billion.

Worldwide vehicle sales for the third quarter were 603,000, up 8 percent from a year ago.

U.S. pickup truck sales have been strong all year as contractors and other small-business owners go back to work.

U.S. sales of the recently updated Ram rose 23 percent in the third quarter. Kelley Blue Book says Chrysler also made more per truck. Buyers paid an average of $36,724 per truck in the third quarter, up 5.3 percent from a year ago.