Which were the best-performing brands and automakers in 2011? We'll tell you, and the answers may be surprising. The top two best-performing brands surprised us. Jeep led the pack with a 44.04-percent sales increase for the year, followed by Mitsubishi, whose sales jumped 40.07 percent.
Behind those two are the two brands we knew early on would have great years: Kia and Volkswagen. Kia gained significant ground on fellow South Korean automaker Hyundai last year by posting a larger sales increase for the year, 36.27 percent to 19.97 percent, respectively. Volkswagen, meanwhile, proved everyone wrong who questioned its decision to make the redesigned Jetta more cost competitive with a sales gain of 26.21 percent for the year on the back of that little compact car's 54.5-percent increase in sales.

The bottom of our table is also not surprisingly occupied almost entirely by Toyota, Honda and their luxury brands, which are joined by Infiniti and Lincoln. One could too easily argue that Toyota's and Honda's sales trouble in the U.S. last year had everything to do with natural disasters and their effect on production, but that would be ignoring their aging fleet of products, some not-so-well-received redesigns and how much more fierce their competition has become.

Finally, since we teased you last month with a select group of particular sales races we were interested in, we thought we'd let you know which models won.
UPDATE: All brands and companies are now reported.

Brand/Company Vol.% 2011 2010 DSR*% 2011 2010
Jeep 44.04 419,349 291,138 43.57 1,366 951
Mitsubishi 40.07 77,995 55,683 39.61 254 182
Kia 36.27 485,492 356,268 35.83 1,581 1,164
Volkswagen 26.31 324,402 256,830 25.90 1,057 839
Mini 25.54 57,300 45,644 25.13 187 149
Volvo 24.64 67,240 53,948 24.23 219 176
Ram 20.97 257,610 212,952 20.58 839 696
Hyundai 19.97 645,691 538,228 19.58 2,103 1,759
Land Rover 19.57 38,099 31,864 19.18 124 104
GMC 18.81 397,986 334,981 18.42 1,296 1,095
Dodge 17.56 451,040 383,675 17.17 1,469 1,254
Ford 17.45 2,062,915 1,756,439 17.07 6,720 5,740
Nissan 17.25 944,073 805,159 16.87 3,075 2,631
Mercedes-Benz 16.28 261,573 224,944 15.90 852 735
Audi 15.68 117,561 101,629 15.30 383 332
Porsche 14.62 29,023 25,320 14.25 95 83
Buick 14.32 177,633 155,389 13.94 579 508
Chevrolet 13.42 1,775,812 1,565,632 13.06 5,784 5,116
BMW 12.57 247,773 220,113 12.20 807 719
Chrysler 12.10 221,346 197,446 11.74 721 645
Suzuki 10.94 26,618 23,994 10.57 87 78
Mazda 9.09 250,426 229,566 8.73 816 750
Cadillac 3.72 152,389 146,925 3.38 496 480
Saab 3.01 5,610 5,446 2.68 18 18
Subaru 1.20 266,989 263,820 0.87 870 862
Lincoln -0.22 85,643 85,828 -0.54 279 280
Infiniti -4.79 98,461 103,411 -5.10 321 338
Toyota -5.75 1,446,109 1,534,266 -6.05 4,710 5,014
Honda -6.65 1,023,986 1,096,874 -6.95 3,335 3,585
Acura -7.71 123,299 133,606 -8.02 402 437
Jaguar -7.98 12,276 13,340 -8.28 40 44
Smart -12.30 5,198 5,927 -12.59 17 19
Lexus -13.42 198,552 229,329 -13.70 647 749
Fiat NA 19,769 NA NA 64 NA
COMPANIES
Chrysler Group 26.16 1,369,114 1,085,211 25.75 4,460 3,546
Nissan NA 14.74 1,042,534 908,570 14.37 3,396 2,969
BMW Group 14.70 305,421 266,269 14.33 995 870
General Motors 13.66 2,503,820 2,202,927 13.29 8,156 7,199
Jag Land Rover 11.44 50,375 45,204 11.08 164 148
Ford Mo Co 11.02 2,148,806 1,935,462 10.66 6,999 6,325
Toyota Mo Co -6.74 1,644,661 1,763,595 -7.05 5,357 5,763
American Honda -6.76 1,147,285 1,230,480 -7.06 3,737 4,021
*Brands and companies are displayed in descending order according to their percentage change in volume sales. There were 307 selling days in 2011 and 306 selling days in 2010, so the change in monthly sales volume will be different than the change in average daily sales rate (DSR) for each brand/company.


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      RobbieP
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wait the Dodge Caravan is the same as the Chrysler Town & Country ... so really, that minivan outsells Toyota Sienna ... right!
        MAX
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RobbieP
        And don't forget the Pentastar powered Routan!
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        @RobbieP
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        Famsert
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RobbieP
        As it should considering how muchc heaper the dodge caravan is...
        imoore
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RobbieP
        The Honda Oddessy isn't listed in the top 2. Just like the new Civic is a big disappontment. It makes you wonder what has happened to Honda in the past few years.
      toyslacker
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mitsubishi?? ...What cars are doing well for them?
        Jazzer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @toyslacker
        The Outlander Sport and the Lancer sedan... Outlander Sport came out in October and outsold all their other cars month by month... I grabbed me a 2011 Evo X GSR before they went extinct though lol
      L14t
      • 3 Years Ago
      These are my favorite articles in here. I dont know why I guess I'm weird and like graphs
      EZEE
      • 3 Years Ago
      All the kids at autoblog green aren't going to be happy to see who had the biggest improvement....
        rmkensington
        • 3 Years Ago
        @EZEE
        Goes to show that the people buying the huge majority of cars arent wanting electric or hybrids.
      Drakkon
      • 3 Years Ago
      When I see the copious quantities of 4-door Wranglers roaming around, I really wonder why Jeep didn't do it 15 years ago. If it will tow a boat, it may be my next vehicle, too.
      thedriveatfive
      • 3 Years Ago
      The subaru growth rate has almost halted.
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        @thedriveatfive
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      jfjr901
      • 3 Years Ago
      AB could we get a 5,10 maybe 20 years of yearly sales chart just to see who is improving or or who needs to improve?
      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      More Jeeps sold than VWs. What a kick-ass brand.
      The Other Bob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Rough 2011 market share estimate General Motors: 20.52% Ford Mo Co: 17.61% Toyota Mo Co: 13.48% Chrysler Group: 11.22% American Honda: 9.40% Hyundai/Kia: 9.27% Nissan NA: 8.54% VW/Porsche/Audi: 3.86% Subaru: 2.19% Jag Land Rover: 0.41% Other : 3.50%* TOTAL: 100.00%* *Not including BMW or MB, which screws up the estimate.
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        @The Other Bob
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      Bluemind
      • 3 Years Ago
      My statistics on the Fiat-Chrysler Group sales in the world: http://www.carsitaly.net/ 5.9 million sales in 2014?
      Diggz
      • 3 Years Ago
      CONGRATS to Ford for being the #1 Brand in America.. numbers DONT lie!!
        MJC
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Diggz
        He said #1 BRAND, not #1 company, so he is correct.
      MJC
      • 3 Years Ago
      Congrats to Chevy...that is a lot of Cruzes. It's impressive to see an American company doing so well with a compact car. It goes to show that anything can happen if you come out with a product that people actually want to drive...
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