• Dec 21, 2011
Boy, that 2011 was a doozy, no? Earthquakes, tsunamis and floods; Arab Spring uprisings; Occupy protests, or as the highly respected yet entirely fictional Dr. Peter Venkman once said, "Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!"

This year has indeed been one to remember for the world at large, and the auto industry was anything but immune to what was happening to the world's populace.

Kelley Blue Book
has put together a nifty color-coded infographic to take us back through 2011. It quickly reminds us how much of an upswing the industry as a whole was in for before the devastating earthquakes and tsunamis hit Japan in February. After that, the entire playing field shifted, largely in favor of the already surging U.S. domestic automakers, the Korean brands and Nissan, which had the good fortune of not having nearly as much of its production interrupted as Toyota and Honda.

As 2011 closes, it would seem that the auto industry is once again approaching equilibrium, where all manufacturers are competing on just the merit of their wares, though as this past year has taught us, nature can change that in an instant.

Follow the jump to scan the entire infographic for yourself and let us know what automotive moments of the past year you'll remember most by leaving a comment.


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      Charles Cooper
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's really too bad that KBB doesn't really know anything about what cars are worth.
        Jared
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Charles Cooper
        I sell cars, and I am getting tired of trying to convince people that KBB is ridiculous when it comes to vehicle trade in values. Of course, they think I am lying to them. And then if I show them the Retail Value of a manufacturer Certified Pre-Owned car that's a year old with 9,000 miles or so, and it's $800 higher than full MSRP on a brand new one, for some reason they still don't believe me. And also decline to pay what KBB thinks they should pay. But then they still use KBB to justify why they want more for their trade. Sigh.
      Rob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why do Americans whine about gas prices? You're lucky to be paying only $3 a gallon. Places in Europe 3-4 times that for gas.
        Wolf
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rob
        Why do Europeans not complain about the high taxes that are tacked on to their fuel prices? Americans don't have many viable transportation options other than driving in most areas unlike Europe, so when fuel prices rise, it effects everything from commute costs to goods and services.
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 3 Years Ago
      What? fuel prices have been declining over here. I've read more than a few articles about oil prices going up. I've seen them steadily go down. They've been going down since being nearly 5 bucks a gallon for a while.. Paying $3.10/gal for 87 in Colorado Springs, CO.
        chrono00
        • 3 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        In California, where I live, the gas prices are between $3.35 to $3.80 a gallon for 87 octane. Add roughly $0.10 to $0.15 to get the price per gallon for 89 octane, or $0.20 to $0.30 per gallon for 92 octane gas. I would love to see gas prices here be $3.10 a gallon in my area, but that isn't the case. Depending on brand (Mobil, Chevron, Shell, etc.), octane and city, gas prices still hover closer to $3.50 to $4.00 a gallon. Damn would like to know why it hasn't dropped so much in California as it has in other states.
          2 Wheeled Menace
          • 3 Years Ago
          @chrono00
          Your state has a higher gas tax. It is also much farther away from some serious gas producing regions.