While monthly sales figures might be an easy way of tracking the progression of the auto industry and individual automakers, looking at market share might be more indicative of how each company is actually standing up against its competitors. For the Detroit Three automakers, they have collectively lost almost 30 percent of the market over the last 20 years, but now, for the first time since 1993, Ford, General Motors and Chrysler have each posted market share gains at the same time in the first quarter of 2013.

According to Automotive News, Ford's share increased the most by 0.7 percent, GM was up 0.5 percent and Chrysler rose marginally by 0.2 percent, giving the Detroit automakers a total market share of 45.6 percent. As for the Japan's Big Three, the article reports that Toyota is up by 0.7 percent, Nissan is down the same amount and Honda has seen "little change."


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      MTU 5.0
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good to hear!!
      ddirkdiggler302
      • 1 Year Ago
      i hope chrysler comes out with a 200 coupe like motortrend stated.
      kev
      • 1 Year Ago
      When you think about it? Who cares who owns it.. As long as they make them here.. And create jobs
      Randall
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can we please stop with this big 3 crap. There is only 2 US auto makers
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Randall
        Hmm, let's see, GM's headquarters are in Detroit, Ford's are in Dearborn, and Chrysler's are in Auburn Hills. Call me crazy, but I just counted 3. All of those are cities in the US state of Michigan.
          Monthra 77
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chris
          Fiat's Chrysler branch office is in Auburn Hills. But trust me, Chrysler HQ is in Italy.
          Bryan Rex
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chris
          Chrysler is NOT owned by Americans, it is NOT an American company.. how hard is that for you nitwits to understand? Just because you don't liek the fact doesn't mean you need to defend it and downvote others that speak the truth.
          Chris
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chris
          I'll say it again. Chrysler's headquarters are in Auburn Hills, Mi. It was formed in 1925 and is only majority owned by Fiat.
        answerinmachine3
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Randall
        You are clearly incorrect. There are 3 US auto makers. Ford, GM, and Tesla. I don't understand what is so hard to understand about that. Granted, Tesla is not 'big' yet
          Dan Ess
          • 1 Year Ago
          @answerinmachine3
          Tesla's big; a big burden on the tax payer at this point. If they make good paying off their loan in 5 years instead of 10; then I'll consider them a true USA car company.
      Basil Exposition
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hate to sound like a cheerleader, but congrats D3 - a corner has been turned...
      merlot066
      • 1 Year Ago
      There are so many haters to thank... Mary.Kenna Bubba_Roe BlackDynamite ThatGuy Not every new product from the Big 3 has been a runaway success (Flex, Malibu, Dart) but the majority of their lineups are at or near the best in their class (Fusion Escape and Explorer, Lacrosse and ATS, Charger and 300). When they are doing well and earning huge profits they spend it to make better and more exciting products. Companies like Toyota sit on their products and continue to offer cars like the Corolla with a 24 year old transmission and a stick-on cladding package with an "S" badge. Congratulations Detroit!
        • 1 Year Ago
        @merlot066
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        Eta Carinae
        • 1 Year Ago
        @merlot066
        we can forget the infamous laser !
        Max Bramante
        • 1 Year Ago
        @merlot066
        Just wait for the all new 2014 Corolla Furia...then bye bye Fiasco Dart ^_^
          chanonissan
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Max Bramante
          dude alot of new cars will come out too, like the new ford fusion with a 1.5 turbo, a new ford fiesta, nissan versa note, nissan rogue, kia cadenza , VW golf ETC. dude wake up toyota make good cars, but they are losing ground.
          Chris
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Max Bramante
          Dude, it's a Corolla!! Need I say more? They may be good cars, but are about as exciting as Brussels sprouts. If the Amish decided they were going to start driving next week, the Corolla would be on their short-list.
      Max Bramante
      • 1 Year Ago
      TOYOTA SHINE!
        lunger5019
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Max Bramante
        Yeah right . Toyota most recalls in the last 4 years .
      • 1 Year Ago
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        Bryan Rex
        • 1 Year Ago
        Why all the downvotes.. its true...
          Chris
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Bryan Rex
          Because we are tired of hearing it!! We all know that Fiat owns most of Chrysler, so find something else to troll about.
      itguy08
      • 1 Year Ago
      Surprised Chrysler gained ground as they have the lowest quality vehicles made....
        RamSport
        • 1 Year Ago
        @itguy08
        As I've said many times on this blog, those who think this have never owned a Chrysler product!
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RamSport
          [blocked]
          holysmoke.s
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RamSport
          I've owned Jeeps, and Dodge. Both were garbage.
          itguy08
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RamSport
          Why would I when JD Powers puts them at the absolute bottom. Same with Consumers Reports. Why would I buy the worst rated cars and trucks when I can buy so much better in all ways from other manufacturers?
          Jake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RamSport
          Any some who think this have owned Chrysler products and taken them to the repair shop every few weeks. Like me.
          Jake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RamSport
          Owned a Dodge Durango. It was low quality break-down machine. Seems like every month it had to go to the shop. Was happy when the ex totaled it. Didn't buy another Dodge and won't but another Dodge. Known a Jeep owner who had about the same experience. It doesn't surprise me that Chrysler products are low in the JD power rankings.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @RamSport
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        Max Bramante
        • 1 Year Ago
        @itguy08
        Ironic mode on: That's why people still buyng Civic and Corolla...obvious! cuz the Dart is too good!
        Chris
        • 1 Year Ago
        @itguy08
        Well then you haven't been paying attention. It's been news for quite some time now that Chrysler's been turning the corner. Even the Jeep Wrangler saw record sales recently, and Wranglers also hold their value better than anything else out there. The new 300s and Chargers look pretty legit both inside and out as well, not to mention their performance. When you look at the shape Chrysler was in 5 years ago, and look where they are now, it should come as no surprise that they've gained ground.
          itguy08
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chris
          " Even the Jeep Wrangler saw record sales recently, and Wranglers also hold their value better than anything else out there. " Cause it's the only thing in its class that is affordable. It's not because it's a quality vehicle (it's not).
          Chris
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Chris
          "It's not because it's a quality vehicle (it's not)." Says who? You, the guy who said Chrysler's always built crap and always will? I think it's safe to say you're a little biased which is why anything you say on the topic should either be taken with a grain of salt, or read strictly for amusement purposes.
      Nick
      • 1 Year Ago
      They have invested in their products and engineering during the past 5 years. They began to produce decent cars in the past three years. Simple.
      Dean
      • 1 Year Ago
      Glad to see the domestic automakers gaining ground. I haven't been a fan of them in a while, but they're definitely worth a look. Ford has perhaps one of the best looking mid-size family sedans on the road. Cadillac looks like it will have the German big 3 on their toes, watching their rear view mirrors. Chrysler in general, has improved quite a bit from when they were doing the Stratus, and Intrepid sedans. I truly believe that if they keep on this path, they will be able to get back on top. To those of you who will find whatever reason to knock the domestic makers for one reason, or another, just screw off. Yes, GM & Chrysler took bailouts, but they did it to turn themselves around, which they did quite well - in fact, they're PAYING OFF their loans, and the government is selling off their shares of stocks. Each company has products that are worth a look, and will hold their own. For ******'s sake, take some pride in your country, or leave.
        Max Bramante
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dean
        Cadillac ATS ranked last in the Car and Driver comparison with Lexus IS 2014 and BMW 3er and we're talkin about an american magazine, you can imagine in a non U.S comparison...
          the.fog
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Max Bramante
          And? It's well-known that 1) Car & Driver pans pretty much every domestics and 2) Car & Driver pretty much worships BMW and Honda. Besides, by-in-large, enthusiast rags don't really matter that much anymore. What is Car & Driver's reader base again? And out of those people, how many would actually consider an ATS anyway? C&D is a lot like CR... Biased propaganda for its own know-nothing club of readers.
          OptimusPrimeRib
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Max Bramante
          Motor Trend said the ATS is better than the 3 and the C class. So didn't many other media outlets. I guess to each its own.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Max Bramante
          [blocked]
      Thipps
      • 1 Year Ago
      PRODUCT, PRODUCT, PRODUCT.....they have all stepped up in a big way, Design, Tech, Quality, Marketing been improved, Now its going to take some time but dealer relations will have to work itself out
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