2011 is shaping up to be the first year since 1988 in which Detroit's "Big 3" automakers...

|By:, SA News Editor

2011 is shaping up to be the first year since 1988 in which Detroit's "Big 3" automakers increased their U.S. share. According to Autodata, GM, Ford (F), and Chrysler (FIATY.PK) accounted for 47.2% of U.S. auto sales through November, up from 45.1% last year. The effects of Japan's earthquake/tsunami played a role, but so did the popularity of new, fuel-efficient cars such as the Chevy Cruze and Ford Fiesta.