Volkswagen: Volkswagen says its sales soared in December 2011 by 36 percent. The monthly tally of 32,502 units marked its best December since 1972 (!). On the year, VW sold 324,402 vehicles, up 26.3 percent versus 2010, for its best U.S. sales year since 2002. The Jetta continues to post huge sales increases--in December, it's up 54.5 percent--and the Passat keeps its streak going as well, with a 124-percent boost in December 2011. Diesel sales are starting to shrink across its lineup, at least temporarily: December's share for diesels at VW was 18.4 percent, versus a year-long average of 21.6 percent.
Mercedes-Benz: Mercedes-Benz reported it sold 264,460 vehicles in the U.S. in 2011, a 17.5-percent increase over 2010's 225,007 vehicles. In December 2011, MBUSA sold 28,006 vehicles, up 30.4 percent over December 2010 (21,469).
BMW / MINI: BMW says its combined BMW/MINI retail sales totaled 305,418 vehicles in 2011. That's up by 14.9 percent over 2010's 265,757 vehicles--and it eclipses the Mercedes-Benz figures. In December 2011, BMW/MINI sold 32,545 vehicles, an increase of 17.9 percent from the 27,600 units it sold in December 2010.
Subaru: Subaru reported sales of 266,989 units for 2011, another all-time record for the Japanese automaker and an increase of 1.2 percent--despite supply problems it had in the wake of the Japan earthquake. Subaru says it's within striking distance of 300,000 units in 2012. December sales were up 26.3 percent, to 33,701 units.
Mazda: Mazda posted total U.S. sales of 250,426 units in 2011, an increase of 9.1 percent. In December, the Japanese automaker sold 22,353 vehicles, up 4.1 percent over the same period in 2010. The big winners: the CX-9, up almost 28 percent, and the Mazda5, with a sharp 52.5-percent sales increase over December 2010.
Audi: Audi says it sold 117,561 vehicles in the U.S. in 2011, for an overall gain of 15.7 percent. In December, Audi sold 12,655 vehicles, up 20 percent over the year-before numbers.
Volvo: Swedish automaker Volvo reported total U.S. sales of 67,240 vehicles, a 24.6-percent improvement over 2010. For the month of December 2011, sales hit 5,342 units, up 12.3 percent from a year before.
Mitsubishi: The Japanese automaker posted 2011 U.S. sales up 41.9 percent over 2010, at a total of 79,020 units. In December, Mitsu sales of 5,032 units marked a 3.2-percent increase over December 2010.
Porsche: Porsche had a banner year in the U.S. in 2011, with total sales of 29,023 vehicles, up 15 percent. For December of 2011, sales totaled 1,834 units, down 28.6 percent as the Cayenne slipped in the final month of the year.
Jaguar/Land Rover: Jaguar and Land Rover reported 2011 sales independently. Land Rover sold 38,099 vehicles in the U.S. last year, an increase of 20 percent from 2010; Jaguar sold 12,276 units, down 8 percent. On the year they combined for 50,375 sales, up 11 percent, their best numbers since 2007.
For December 2011, Jaguar sold 1,137 units, down 3 percent from the same period in 2010. Land Rover sold 4,743 vehicles, up 28 percent from December 2010.
Suzuki: Sales of 26,619 units in 2011 were an increase of 11 percent for Suzuki, but December's 2,566 units moved represented a 3-percent slide.
Saab: Saab sold 270 vehicles in the U.S. in December as the company faces a wind-down of operations.