Chrysler's profit was nine times higher than the $183 million recorded in 2011.
The results mark another step in Chrysler's remarkable turnaround. The company went bankrupt during the recession in 2009 and needed a $12.5 billion loan from taxpayers to survive.
The No. 3 U.S. automaker sold 2.2 million cars and trucks worldwide last year. In the U.S., its largest market, Chrysler saw strong sales of the Chrysler 200 and 300 sedans, the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Ram pickup.
Revenue increased 20 percent to $65.8 billion.
Chrysler expects its net income to rise to around $2.2 billion this year, on revenue of between $72 billion and $75 billion.