The following commentary comes from an independent investor or market observer as part of TheStreet's guest contributor program, which is separate from the company's news coverage.NEW YORK ( Trefis) -- The auto sector has had a challenging ride given the continuous economic crisis in the eurozone and slowing growth in the emerging markets. However, the U.S. automotive market is showing strong signs of a recovery as sales volumes for the industry expanded by about 10% to 13 million units. Sales of Ford-brand vehicles, accounting for 96% of Ford's ( F) total sales in U.S., rose 17% for the year backed by the revival in demand in the automotive market.
The company is also betting big that emerging markets like China, India, Brazil and Russia will play a crucial role in determining the market leader in the Industry because of their potential market size in the next five to seven years. The company launched new vehicles, including Focus and Ranger in emerging markets, and is expected to continue to expand its production facilities in these markets. Click here to find out how a company's products impact its stock price at Trefis. Like our charts? Embed them in your own posts using the Trefis Wordpress Plugin.