Here are the biggest winners and losers of the year in the auto industry, based on how their car sales compared to 2008.
Auto Sales Putter Out
It was a rough year for the U.S. auto industry. Saab, Chrysler and GM all went bankrupt, gas prices fluctuated heavily, and industry sales on the whole tanked badly. While the full sales for 2009 won’t be released until early next year, some industry research groups have started to crunch the numbers and make predictions. TrueCar, a pricing service that analyzes dealer and consumer trends, recently released a report of auto sales for 2009. They found that in total, only 10.2 million cars were sold this year in the United States, the lowest absolute sales since 1951. That means there were only 33 vehicles sold for every 1,000 people in the country. Even in that climate though, a few car companies thrived. Subaru’s sales actually increased by 13 percent in 2009 compared to 2008, making it the biggest winner for the year. With that in mind, here are the models that fared the best and worst in 2009, based on how much their sales increased or decreased compared to the previous year. We’ll start with the ten worst and work our way up to the ten best. Photo Credit: emilio labrador