US car sales up in November

US car sales jumped 17 percent in November 2010, figures released at the start of December showed, pointing to a strengthening recovery in the country's market.

America's consumers have now bought more cars in 2010 than they did in 2009, meaning that the car industry in on track to well exceed last year's figures.

All of the major automakers posted sales gains apart from Toyota, hit by a slew of recalls and continuing questions about the reliability of its vehicles - only this week, it issued a "voluntary recall" of over half a million Prius models.

Sales of the Japanese automaker's brands (Toyota, Lexus and Scion) fell three percent, in sharp contrast to its Detroit competitors General Motors and Ford, which were up 12 percent and 20 percent respectively.

Other automakers reporting sales surges included Nissan (up 27 percent), Hyundai (up 46 percent), Mitsubishi (up 47 percent), Porsche (up 49 percent) and Suzuki (up 51 percent).

The overall increase in sales was the 11th gain in 12 months, brightening hopes that consumers are once again buying vehicles.

All eyes will now be on the full year figures to be released in January, just days ahead of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, one of the largest auto events of the year.

America's most popular automakers (November)

1. General Motors
2. Ford
3. Toyota
4. Honda (American)
5. Chrysler
6. Nissan

Data from automakers/Automotive News
http://www.autonews.com

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