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All three domestic brands increased their market share in 2011, something that hadn’t happened since 1988.
The Cruze has been an unabashed success for General Motors. In its first full year of sales, it’s already broken into the top 10 in the United States, with more than 211,000 sold through September, 2011.
Ford, GM and Chrysler workers have all recently approved new contracts with the United Auto Workers (UAW) and each company promised new assembly jobs with their contracts.
A near-sweep by the Japanese. Domestic automakers falling hard. A stunner for Porsche. Each elements that were contained within the results of the Consumer Reports 2011 reliability survey.
That isn’t as if poor auto sales weren’t expected, with natural disasters such as Hurricane Irene impacting sales in Atlantic states. And industry pundits such as J.D. Power and even auto manufacturers have significantly lowered expectations of auto sales in 2011.
There’s a reason automakers are going so slowly in offering EVs. No one knows how large the market will eventually be for electric vehicles, let alone how big it is now.