The U.S. auto industry finished 2022 much the way it started — a mixed bag — delivering a comeback for a few automakers and brands, but a rough stretch for many others, including Japan's Big Three, to forget.
General Motors and three of its brands rallied in the final sprint of the year. Stellantis, Nissan Group and American Honda, continue to struggle with lean inventories and supply issues. Ford and Lincoln snapped three-month losing streaks with higher December sales. Toyota Motor Corp. posted slightly higher volume and Hyundai and Kia capped a year of U.S. market share gains with double-digit sales gains in December as industry stockpiles continued to recover, even amid rising interest rates and new-vehicle prices, and the growing prospects of an economic slowdown.