Last year, 12,778,885 cars and light trucks were sold in the US, up somewhere around 10 percent from last year, prompting the following not-entirely-random extrapolations from yours truly:
- The Blue Oval wins Most Ubiquitous Badge for ’11; 2.05 million Fords were sold, versus 1.78 million Chevrolets and 1.64 million Toyotas.
- Audi outsold Infiniti last year, and nearly caught up with Acura, though they still trail Lexus by a bunch.
- Market share changes, ’10 to ’11: GM, 19.1 to 19.6 percent; Ford, 16.9 to 16.8 percent; Chrysler Group, 9.3 to 10.7 percent.
- Both ostensibly Swedish brands Volvo, now owned by a Chinese firm, and Saab, now circling the drain showed modest gains in 2011.
- Hyundai/Kia outsold Nissan last year, and darn near caught Honda.
- Mitsubishi sales were up over 40 percent. No one knows why.
- Almost thirty thousand Porsches? Really?
- So far, Fiat doesn’t seem to be taking any sales away from Mini. (In Canada, though, Fiat outsells both Mini and Toyota’s Scion brand.)
And for the 11th year in a row, I did not buy a brand-new car.