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GoodCarBadCar has finished entering figures in the monthly recap of auto sales by brand in the United States. What you’ll see below are the 2011 numbers – that’s all twelve months, the full year, the whole shebang.  

Ford was the best-selling auto brand in America in 2011, finishing the year more than 280,000 sales ahead of Chevrolet. Toyota had its thoroughly documented struggles through most of the year but delivered some good results at the end of 2011 – the Camry was far and away America’s best-selling car… again. Fiat sold 19,769 500s. That’s not 50,000, as Fiat had desired, but it’s not much lower than the 25K many analysts would have predicted. 

Is Mercedes-Benz America’s best-selling luxury brand? People have no problem considering the Ford Transit Connect, GMC Savana, and Nissan NV part of the Ford, GMC, and Nissan families, but when it comes to Mercedes-Benz, the Sprinter doesn’t seem to fit. Once you subtract the Sprinter (16,577 sales in 2011, more than enough to exceed the 13,800-unit gap) from Mercedes-Benz’s total, BMW sold more luxury vehicles in America than Mercedes did in 2011. There’s no arguing that fact. Undoubtedly, both sold more vehicles than the usual champion, Lexus.

SUV/Truck/Crossover-only brands – that’s Jeep, GMC, and Land Rover, finished in that very order, Jeep 21,363 sales ahead of GMC. Buick was not able to beat Lexus, alas.  Speaking of Jeep, no brand could touch its headline-grabbing year-over-year increase of 44%. Kia, at 36.3%, didn’t fare too badly, thank-you very much. Mitsubishi’s 41.9% improvement was brought to bear mainly in the earlier parts of 2011. On the flip side, the now-defunct Saab (it is dead, isn’t it?) slid 16%, worse even than Lexus’s 13.4% drop.

Updated 01.05.2012 @ 1:44 PM AST – all automakers reporting

Rank
Automaker
2011 Year End
2010 Year End
% Change
#1
Ford
2,057,210
1,755,583
+ 17.4%
#2
Chevrolet
1,775,812
1,565,632
+ 13.4%
#3
Toyota
1,396,838
1,488,588
– 6.2%
#4
Honda
1,023,986
1,096,874
– 6.6%
#5
Nissan
944,073
805,159
+ 17.3%
#6
Dodge/Ram
708,650
596,627
+ 18.8%
#7
Hyundai
645,691
538,228
+ 20.0%
#8
Kia
485,492
356,268
+ 36.3%
#9
Jeep
419,349
291,138
+ 44.0%
#10
GMC
397,986
334,981
+ 18.8%
#11
Volkswagen
324,402
256,830
+ 26.3%
#12
Subaru
266,989
263,820
+ 1.2%
#13
Mercedes-Benz
261,808
225,007
+ 16.4%
#14
Mazda
250,426
229,566
+ 9.1%
#15
BMW
247,907
220,113
+ 12.6%
#16
Chrysler
221,346
197,446
+ 12.1%
#17
Lexus
198,552
229,329
– 13.4%
#18
Buick
177,633
155,389
+ 14.3%
#19
Cadillac
152,389
146,925
+ 3.7%
#20
Acura
123,299
133,606
– 7.7%
#21
Audi
117,561
101,629
+ 15.7%
#22
Infiniti
98,461
103,411
– 4.8%
#23
Lincoln
85,643
85,828
– 0.2%
#24
Mitsubishi
79,020
55,683
+ 41.9%
#25
Volvo
67,240
53,948
+ 24.6%
#26
Mini
57,511
45,644
+ 26.0%
#27
Scion
49,271
45,678
+ 7.9%
#28
Land Rover
38,099
31,864
+ 19.6%
#29
Porsche
29,023
25,320
+ 14.6%
#30
Suzuki
26,618
23,994
+ 10.9%
#31
Fiat
19,769
—–
—–
#32
Jaguar
12,276
13,340
– 8.0%
#33
Saab
5610
4837
+ 16.0%
#34
smart
5208
5927
– 12.1%
#35
Maserati
2321
1897
+ 22.4%
#36
Bentley
1877
1430
+ 31.3%

Source: Automakers, Automotive News Data Center & @CountingCars


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