Domestic automakers have much to be happy about, with Chrysler, Ford and General Motors all gaining market share last year for the first time since 1988. Yet according to Bloomberg, 2012 won't be as good to Detroit. Total sales are projected to grow from 12.8 million vehicles last year to 13.6 million, according to the report, but increasing competition from Korea and a Japanese recovery from the natural disasters of 2011 mean those extra sales aren't likely headed to the Big Three.

The news agency spoke to five analysts, and predictions have the U.S. automakers losing 1.3 percentage points this year. The analysts estimate that GM will drop 0.6 of a percent, Ford will lose 0.5 percent, and Chrysler will be down 0.2 percent. Toyota is seen gaining 0.9 percent, with Honda grabbing an extra 0.5 percent, while Hyundai and Kia are only projected to see their combined market share improve by 0.01.

If all this comes true, GM would have the top market share in the U.S. at 19 percent, with Ford in second at 16.3 percent, followed by Toyota at 13.8 percent, Chrysler at 10.5 percent, and Honda at 9.5 percent.


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      BlackDynamiteOn
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      That sounds about right. The Domestics and Gubmint Motors have had their fun...... BD
      Jake
      • 2 Years Ago
      Next Headline: Analysts: Analysts Seldom Get Predictions Correct. In other news, my weather guy says that it'll be cold unless it warms up.
      clearwater
      • 2 Years Ago
      emmmmmmm, Chrysler isn't "American". It's Italian.
        BFE
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        @clearwater
        Some people just don't get it. Fiat owns 58.5%, and that number is only going up. It baffles me that anyone still considers Chrysler a U.S. automaker.
          MyerShift
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          @BFE
          Probably because the engineering for anything larger than C-segment has been deemed Chrysler's responsibility.
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          Rayvan
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          @BFE
          Where are the Chrysler engineers employed?
          Frank
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          @BFE
          Is Nissan French now? And what was Chrysler when Daimler owned them? If we go by YOUR logic, then all those crappy interiors they had were GERMAN interiors, right? I mean it was a GERMAN company right? Beware my fellow Autobloggers, when Chrysler does something bad, these people will say "Oh that Chrysler! tsk tsk!". But when Chrysler does something good, they will say "It's Italian". The purpose is clear - they will blame them if they do something bad but they don't want to give them any credit for anything good.
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        @clearwater
        You're potato.
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          mchlrus1
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          47 city 44 highway MPG Hybrid, pretty sure that's not inferior
          carfan
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          yeah MORON that's why there is a class action suit against honda for blatantly lying to the consumer about their exaggerated gas mileage. i hope this lawsuit will be their seconf "tsunami" and real monetary one. Morons like you should also be sued for defaming the human race
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        MyerShift
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        Import humper. Domestics have closed the gaps in virtually all areas. Only perception is lagging.
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      DUH
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      American CARS simply provide a bland driving experience, lack reliability, and have less than stellar resale value. Im just being honest, and im sure there are more than a few readers out there that will agree with me. Sorry UAW trolls.....
        LUSTSTANG S-197
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        @DUH
        Hey DUH, In case you didn't notice, this is AB America, so if you don't like what we have to say, then get out. If you are an American, then shame on you for rooting against the home team. Sorry Asian troll, that's all I have to say to you. The Detroit 3 are back. Deal with it!! And no, it's not because of the earthquake, as these so called analysts will have you believe. What a lame excuse, they were on the rebound long before that!!
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        guyverfanboy
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        Low cost of fuel in the US in comparison to Europe. Not sure about anywhere else.
        The Other Bob
        • 2 Years Ago
        Nearly every pick up sold in the world is BOF. They are smaller, but still BOF.
      Jason
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      Toyota and Honda gaining market share... with what?? Other than the new 86 that Scion is getting, neither brand has anything new or particularly interesting coming out. Compared to vehicles like the Taurus, the new Fusion, the Focus, the Fiesta, the Dart, the Cruze, the new Regal, the Pentastar-engined Jeep Wrangler, the new Grand Cherokee, I can't see the market share swinging that much to the Japanese (or the domestics loosing any ground). And with vehicles like the Velostar, the new Optima, and the Soul, I would expect the Koreans to increase more than just .01%. In terms of market share I'd guess for 2012 to be like 2011, only moreso (ie: US domestics to gain even more ground). But I'm not an analyst...
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          billfrombuckhead
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          YES, YOU NEED TO CONTINUE BECAUSE NONE OF THOSE APPLIANCES WILL MAKE MUCH OF A DENT WITH THE FUSION, DART, MALIBU, VERANO, ATS, XTS, ESCAPE, PENTASTAR RAM, ENCORE
          merlot066
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          You do realize that Ford also has new/refreshed models for every single one of those categories with the exception of pickup trucks (because the F150 was just refreshed with new engines this year and is currently dominating sales, not to mention the Ridgline will never be a big seller, EVER, because it lacks the capability of a truck and doesn't make up for it with fuel economy). New Fusion, New Escape, Refreshed Taurus (Avalon was just redesigned last year, where did you hear about a new Avalon?), New MKZ, Refreshed MKS, New Compact Lincoln Crossover. Not to mention the Focus ST, Focus Electric, refreshed Mustang, and C-Max hybrid and Energi.
      nickms3
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      I don't think Bloomberg knows what they're talking about
      guyverfanboy
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      I don't know about that. Both Ford and Chrysler have plenty of exciting vehicles lined up.
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        Frank
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        @guyverfanboy
        Is Nissan French now? And what was Chrysler when Daimler owned them? If we go by YOUR logic, then all those crappy interiors they had were GERMAN interiors, right? I mean it was a GERMAN company right? Beware my fellow Autobloggers, when Chrysler does something bad, these people will say "Oh that Chrysler! tsk tsk!". But when Chrysler does something good, they will say "It's Italian". The purpose is clear - they will blame them if they do something bad but they don't want to give them any credit for anything good.
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          @Frank
          By your logic then all those 50/50 joint ventures in China means that the following companies are now "Chinese": Volkswagen GM Toyota Jeep brand Mercedes Suzuki (or is it Indian?) and the list goes on...
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        I think that most of the USA in anti-Detroit. I for one would love to give the entire city to Canada and let them deal with that huge ghetto.
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          LUSTSTANG S-197
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          @spy4
          I hate to say it spy4, but your thinking is off... way off.
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