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2011's Best Automaker

The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which Austin Smith, consumer-goods editor and analyst, and Brendan Byrnes, industrials editor and analyst, discuss topics around the investing world.

Last year was an interesting one for automakers. The domestic automakers had a great year in terms of sales, as the big Japanese automakers were hit by multiple crises including the Japan earthquake and tsunami. But why then did shares of the two big Japanese companies outperform the shares of the big Detroit automakers? And which automaker do we declare the winner of 2011?

Ford and General Motors look poised for a great year in 2012, but there is one specific stock that our chief investment officer has picked for explosive growth in 2012. To see the name and analysis on this company, check out "The Motley Fool's Top Stock for 2012."  In it you'll discover the company that's positioned to be a titan of retail in the future. You can access the report -- 100% free of charge -- by clicking here.

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  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2012, at 8:24 PM, busterjde wrote:

    What about Hyundai or Nissan? Those car companies are very strong and are growing, yet you never seem to talk about them. Let me know what you think and the easiest way to get involved in those two companies besides the pink sheets.

  • Report this Comment On January 10, 2012, at 9:41 PM, baldheadeddork wrote:

    Hyundai is growing big and fast, but there are going to be growing pains. Their capacity is nearly topped out and it will take years to bring new plants online. Also, while the Sonata and Elantra are great cars they haven't been able to have a break-out hit in any other class, and there is well-known friction between the US and Korean management.

    Nissan has done really well in the US, but Nissan is owned by Renault and that's a drag on the company as a whole. They're not even the largest automaker in France.

  • Report this Comment On January 11, 2012, at 9:09 PM, Fonz56 wrote:

    I'm still trying to get over the shock of GM. Luckily I did retain Ford. Mainly because of having work for Ford and had some insite of management. I wouldn't even consider GM until the government gets out of the company.

  • Report this Comment On January 29, 2012, at 11:44 PM, barunm2003 wrote:

    Tata Motors (TTM) with the acquisition of Jaguar and Range Rover/Land Rover shows a great promise for investment. Its auto sale passes the threshold of 100K mark in December.

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