2011 huge year for Detroit automakers, Toledo built Jeep

Jeep sales helped Chrysler post huge sales gain in 2011

2011 proved that the Big Three Detroit automakers are here to stay. Ford, General Motors and Chrysler posted huge gains over 2010, as their turnaround gains traction.

Chrysler had the biggest imrpovement. It's 2011 sales rose 26% compared to 2010, selling 1.37 million vehicles in 2011.

GM's sales jumped 13% in 2011. The automaker sold just over 2.5 million new cars and trucks in the u-s.

Ford's sales increase 11% in 2011 thanks to strong demand for trucks and SUVs. Ford sold 2.1 million vehicles last year.

Chrysler's sales surge was due in large part to the success of Toledo built Jeep models. Both the Jeep Liberty and Jeep Wrangler posted strong sales increase last year.

For the year, Jeep Wrangler sales were up 30% to 122,460.

Liberty sales were up 35% to more than 66,000 sold last year.