Volkswagen has the honor of being this year's top producing North American automotive manufacturer by a wide margin with its Puebla, Mexico facility. The factory managed to produce 510,041 units last year, beating out second-place Nissan and its Aguascalientes, Mexico plant by a staggering 149,245 units, according to Ward's Auto. Nissan jumped from third to second place after Toyota and its Georgetown plant dropped from the top five. Toyota and Honda both saw themselves ousted from the leader board after a year pockmarked by disruptions from earthquake and tsunami activity in Japan and flooding in Thailand.

The Japanese automakers' vacancies made room for Hyundai and its facility in Montgomery, Alabama with 338,127 units to take fourth place. Ford, meanwhile, moved from fifth in 2010 to third in 2011 with 344,446 units from its Dearborn Truck plant. Nissan rounded out the top five last year with the company's plant in Smyrna, Tennessee taking the automaker's second spot on the list.

Ward's Auto reports Volkswagen enjoyed a boost from the popularity of the Jetta. That model alone helped push the company's Puebla facility to a 75,356 unit gain over last year's figures. Head over to Ward's to see the full report.


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      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      sooooo, if you count just the US manufactures, Ford and Hyundai are #1 and #2 respectively.
      Jaylgo
      • 2 Years Ago
      I did not know that Puebla, Mexico was in North America!!!!
        Hazdaz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jaylgo
        :facepalm: You gotta be f'en kidding me.
        Al Terego
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jaylgo
        Well, it is. South America starts below the Panama Canal(I'm digging at old info from my brain, I could be wrong) which makes all of Mexico a part of North America.
        wat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jaylgo
        North America is a continent buddy, not "America Up North" where Detroit is.
        dystroglycan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jaylgo
        That's not something you should declare publicly.
        Rob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jaylgo
        You probably work at a video game store and live with your parents too.
        Zoidberg
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jaylgo
        Learn geography troll
        Carlos Sanchez-Bueno
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jaylgo
        Last time I checked. Mexico, USA and Canada are in North America
        cbr929mark
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jaylgo
        Google, continent!
        Sergio ML
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jaylgo
        You see, everything at the north of Guatemala is NORTH AMERICA - that is Canada, USA and Mexico. I donĀ“t know why, i just remembered Principal Skinner talking about bad geography notes among U.S' students.
          Drew
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Sergio ML
          Not true either, but points for trying.
        desinerd1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Jaylgo
        and I am from South America i.e. Florida
      caddy-v
      • 2 Years Ago
      How is it that Toyota claims to have the most US content on their cars built in the US yet the earthquake disrupts their US production? Somethings fishy and it aint the sushi.
        Hazdaz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @caddy-v
        How is that fishy? Why did you not mention how Ford and GM (and others) had their production disrupted with the earthquake as well? If I recall correctly, that region in Japan was one of the few places that produces ECM's for a lot of different automakers. That area also produces other electronic components that aren't available elsewhere. How exactly are you going to complete a car if you don't have an ECM? Hell, even if 90+% of the rest of your car is produced locally, how are you going to finish a car when even ONE component is missing that is sourced from an earthquake ravaged area? You don't like Toyotas? OK, fine - I could agree that they are boring or that there might be better/more fun/cheaper options out there. No problem. But trying to perpetuate (or even start) some stupid rumor, makes you look like a complete and utter moron.
        Randy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @caddy-v
        Ford can make cars on Pluto. They'll still be American and support America!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @caddy-v
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      SooooRight
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yay, VW. Junkiest cars sold in N.A., especially the ones made south of the border. I wouldn't exactly be bragging about producing the most garbage. VW will never be a long term #1 player in NA because people who buy them soon find out that they are unreliable expensive junkers to own. Only people who like to fool themselves with the "german driving experience" stick with them.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SooooRight
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          desinerd1
          • 2 Years Ago
          you do know that German car makers have unions in Germany?
        AnthonyL
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SooooRight
        You're so smart. Your knowledge of the industry is astounding! Maybe you should get out of your Pontiac Aztek and stop pretending this is the same VW for the 70-80's.
        desinerd1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SooooRight
        BMW is not far behind in making unreliable junk.
        Rob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SooooRight
        You should change your screen name to SooooStupid
      • 2 Years Ago
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      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      Felicitaciones!
      desinerd1
      • 2 Years Ago
      That Beetle looks UGLY. They will have to spend a lot of money in advertizing to make people like it.
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