Both automakers beat the industry average, but only by small margins. Chrysler leapfrogged past Honda
into fourth place, whose 2011 sales dropped by 6.8 percent, to a total of 1.15 million units. However, they still trailed Toyota
who finished off with a 6.7 percent increase to 1.64 vehicles. Just as important, 2011 will be remembered as the year in which Hyundai
continued to grow in the US. Surprisingly, Kia easily outperformed its senior sibling with a sales growth of 36.3 percent to 485,500 vehicles, compared to Hyundai's growth of 20 percent to 646,000 units.