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US Automotive Industry Records 10% Growth in 2011

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In 2011, Chrysler was the automotive industry leader in sales gains in the US. (Photo: Stock.xchng)
In 2011, Chrysler was the automotive industry leader in sales gains in the US. (Photo: Stock.xchng)


2011 was a good year for US carmakers, with sales rising by almost 13 million units, representing 10% growth compared with 2010. Sales are expected to continue climbing in 2012, possibly nearer to 14 million vehicles.

Ford’s F-Series pickup was the most-sold vehicle for the 30th year in a row, followed by Chevrolet’s Silverado pickup. In the category of cars, Toyota’s Camry sedan and Nissan’s Altima sedan were popular choices, followed by the Ford Escape small SUV, the Toyota Corolla compact and the Ford Fusion mid-size sedan.

Overall, Chrysler was top of the list with an over 25% sales gain increase. Nissan came in second with a 15% increase, followed by General Motors at under 15% and Ford at just over 10%. November and December saw a steep rise in sales, with Chrysler recording over 35% sales gains increase in the December alone, followed by a 10% increase for Ford, and under 10% for Nissan.

The sales upswing comes as good news for the US automotive industry, which reached its lowest point in almost three decades in 2009, when GM and Chrysler had to seek state assistance to survive the industry low.

The US automotive industry has long been considered a barometer for economic growth, and seems to be rising from the depths of the recession. Companies in the industry have indicated they will take on over 25,000 new and former staff in the US by 2015.

Fiat holds a majority stake in Chrysler, which sold more than 1.35 million cars in 2011, or a near 285,000 increase on 2010. Since 2009, the company has brought out more than 15 new and remodeled vehicles, which have contributed to Chrysler’s current success. The company expects net profit of $600 million for 2011. 

Nissan has had similar success, selling over 1 million vehicles in 2011, which makes it the company’s best year to date. Its sales were comprised of close to 945,000 Nissans, and under 100,000 Infiniti luxury cars and SUVs.

Chrysler To Unveil 200 Super S By Mopahr

Chrysler is set to showcase its 2012 Dodge Charger Redline and the 200 Super S by Mopar at the 2012 North American International Auto Show, to be held in Detroit, starting January 9.

The Super S is considered to be the Chrysler 200 with a Mopar twist. It boasts many features, including satin chrome fog light trim, satin chrome belt molding and 18-inch 2-alloy wheels.

Key Statistics – Automotive Sales in the US for 2011 (source: New York Times)

  • The US auto industry recorded sales of almost 13 million cars and trucks, a 10% increase compared with 2010.
  • Chrysler recorded over 25% increase in sales in 2011.
  • General Motors recorded almost 15% annual gain, with a 5% increase in December.

By Ellsy O'Neill for
Ellsy O'Neill is a Paris-based writer, proofreader and translator. She covers industry, culture and current affairs.

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