We’re nearing the end of yet another eventful year for the auto industry. The effects of a devastating earthquake were severe, but inconsequential compared to the human costs. Each of our domestic automakers rolled out some of the most appealing and competitive vehicles many shoppers have ever seen them produce. And Fiat returned to the U.S. after 27 years away.
As we head into 2012 with high hopes for more good things and fewer bad, here’s a quick look at some events and trends of 2011.