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.

A look back at the auto industry in 2011

And here are some of the cars we recognized as standouts in 2011:
10 Coolest Cars Under $18,000
Top 10 Family Cars
Top 10 Fuel Sippers
2012 Best Resale Value Awards

Looking ahead:
10 Best Redesigned Cars for 2012: Familiar names, all-new looks
The Freshman Car Class of 2012: 10 brand new names to know

New Car Spotlight


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