Ford capped 2011 as the only automotive brand to gain a full point in U.S. light-vehicle market share, finishing the year at 15.9%, according to WardsAuto data. The last time the Blue Oval controlled a greater slice of the market was in 2004, when its stake was 16.1%. A handful of brands were close to the full-point threshold. They included Jeep, up 0.8 pts., and Kia, up 0.7 pts. Nissan, Hyundai and Chevrolet all gained 0.4 pts., compared with like-2010. The Ford brand’s climb ...

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