VOLKSWAGEN GROUP +21%
Volkswagen handily outpaced the industry in 2011, with a total just shy of 360,000 units (including a best-ever 101,000 from Audi). Still, that performance was only a down payment on the bonanza its German masters expect going forward. The company still has a long way to go to reach a million units a year.
Touareg +7%, but redesign had an effect with strong December
Q5 +71%, mid-size crossover has become Audi's #2 volume product
A3 +69%, and just over half were TDIs
A5 +67%, with the addition of the Cabrio
A6 +28%, impressive considering a new one is imminent
A8 +4%, but sales in December doubled the prior year's
RX-8 -49%, yes, they still sell this car
Mazda5 -15%, although a revised version was just recently unveiled
BMW GROUP +10%
The BMW Group was just barely about to stay ahead of surging Subaru.
X5 +32%, engine-room upgrade paying off here
X6, sales are up by a third, but volume is still on a fraction of the X5's; outsells Acura ZDX two to one, though, winning the Battle of the Misshapen Sport-Utes