10 Best-Selling Vehicles for 2011
6. Ford Fusion
Total sales: 248,067 | Percentage change: +13.2 percent
Ford had quite a good year with the Fusion, which posted its best sales year ever and improved from eighth to sixth in overall sales. Ford executives say the momentum from 2010 helped sales in 2011. After all, in 2010 the Fusion was named the Motor Trend Car of the Year as well as the North American Car of the Year by a panel of automotive journalists. Both honors came after a substantial midcycle update for the 2009 model year, not a complete redesign. We like the current model's spacious interior and efficient hybrid powertrain, but we're looking forward to the redesigned Fusion, which is due late this summer.
7. Ram Pickups
Total sales: 244,763 | Percentage change: +22.6 percent
Not only did the sale of Ram pickups — which include the half-ton 1500 and the heavy-duty 2500 and 3500 — increase in 2011, but Chrysler Group's full-size pickups gained 1.5 points of market share. It seems consumers finally accept that Ram is its own brand, and not just a model under the Dodge umbrella. In our opinion, the Ram 1500 is the best-looking full-size truck, and, thanks to a coil-spring rear suspension, it offers the most comfortable ride, too. We also like the strong and well-branded Hemi V8 engine and the innovative RamBox in-bed storage system.
Total sales: 240,259 | Percentage change: -9.7 percent
The Corolla sedan and Matrix hatchback remained in the top 10, but fell two spots to seventh overall. That's a pretty impressive performance, given Toyota's production struggles and the vastly improved competition. The Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus and Hyundai Elantra are all excellent cars and their sales are on the rise. Their ride, handling and interior quality surpass the Corolla/Matrix, making us wonder if Toyota will respond with improved compacts any time soon. In terms of reliability and resale value, however, the Corolla/Matrix is still a good buy.
9. Honda Accord
Total sales: 235,625 | Percentage change: -16.9 percent
The natural disasters in Japan and Thailand really put a crimp in Honda's 2011 sales. The automaker didn't get all of its operations back up and running until November, and inventory levels won't return to normal until spring. As a result, overall company sales were down 6.9 percent; the Accord took a 16.9 percent hit. The Accord is still a fine vehicle, with plenty of space, good engines and decent handling, but it's getting a little long in the tooth. It's due for a redesign this year. Hopefully, Honda will take a larger step forward than Toyota in response to the improving competition.
10. Chevrolet Cruze
Total sales: 231,732 | Percentage change: +846 percent
Entering 2011, Chevrolet's goal was to sell 200,000 compact Cruzes while maintaining midsize Malibu sales. It beat both of those projections. The highlight was Cruze sales, which were up an astonishing 81 percent in 2011 over combined Cruze and Cobalt sales for 2010. Why? Quality. In our opinion, the Cruze is the best compact in Chevrolet's 100-year history. It's incredibly refined and fun to drive. The styling is modern and progressive but not overdone, and the Eco trim gets 42 mpg on the highway — and it does all that with prices starting at only $16,720. Pretty good.
Sales Data: Automotive News Data Center, Automobile Manufacturers
Kirk Bell has served as the associate publisher for Consumer Guide Automotive and editor of Scale Auto Enthusiast magazine. A Midwest native, Bell brings 18 years of automotive journalism experience to MSN, and currently contributes to JDPower.com and Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com.
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Nice to see ford chevy and chrysler doing so well it seems the american companys are trying and succeeding to win back the public with looks ,dendability ,quality, and service about time make mine in America
You bring up a good point. Many folks do not realize, and some simply do not care where their vehicle purchasing dollars go. When someone purchases a vehicle from a foreign nameplate, 80% of the purchase price goes to the home country, supporting their economy, not ours. Purchasing an American brand name vehicle keeps about 90% of the purchase price here in the U.S. which supports our economy.
All Japanese brand vehicles, even the ones assembled here, are included in the statement of 80% of the money going to Japan. The Japanese stock reports in their own newspapers and shareholder publications confirm that. They do not lie to their own people/shareholders.
" Honda Nissian and Toyota were hamstrung in 2011 by two natural disasters. "
Again the writers are bias towards imports. Did you forget about the natural disasters that we have seen here in the US, deadly drought and wildfires, killer tornados, hugh floods, earthquakes, and hurricanes? Enough with the double standard.
"The natural disasters in the USA this last year did not inhibit the production of vehicles in Detroit did they?"
Frosty`s spun out again, he seems to think Detroit Mi is the only city where vehicles like GM, Dodge and Ford manufacture their vehicles.
Frosty, I`m well versed in history. In fact, our country has always been self sufficient, industrious, innovative and for most of our country`s history, have not only set but raised the bar when it comes to setting world class standards, including building world class automobiles. It was companies like GM, Ford and Dodge that saw to it that our men and woman had the very best equipment during WW 11 that helped them win the war. "Do your history homework"
To engineer, design, assemble and produce, from paper to conception, world class automobiles and our ability to sustain that is key in the future of our country, and my children's.
Proud to be an American!