AMERICAN HONDA +7%
Honda's 8 percent increase for the year sounds good, but it represents a loss of share in a year when the overall market grew 11 percent. There were few bright spots in the Honda lineup. At Acura, the crossovers were strong.
Ridgeline -2%, nothing new here
ZDX, selling at a rate of fewer than 300 per month
CHRYSLER GROUP +17%
Written off for dead not so long ago, Chrysler has had a Lazarus-like 2010, even though its product renewal is just starting. Chrysler climbed back into the million-unit club, and all four brands were up for 2010. A big December increase, over an admittedly awful December '09, was aided by the industry's highest incentive spending, but it helped keep Chrysler ahead of two very strong competitors: Nissan and Hyundai.
Sebring/200 +41%, of all things...
Town & Country +33%, and reclaimed the minivan sales crown
300 -4%, maybe the 2011 refresh will help
Grand Cherokee +68%, new version debuted at mid-year and was a major engine of Chrysler's growth
Wrangler +15%, not a big increase, but it's Jeep's most popular offering
Commander -36%, looks even sillier next to the new Grand Cherokee
Ram +13%, ended the year with a bang, nearly doubling sales in December
Dakota +22%, a rare increase among smaller-than-fullsize pickups
Sprinter, lost to Mercedes-Benz...