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Number of vehicles registered in the United States from 1990 to 2012 (in 1,000s)

This graph shows the number of vehicles registered in the United States from 1990 through 2012. Some 254 million vehicles were registered here in 2012. The figures include passenger cars, motorcycles, trucks, buses, and other vehicles.


U.S. vehicle registrations

Second only to China, the United States is one of the world’s largest automobile markets based on the number of new car registrations, with more than 1.18 million of new car registrations as of February 2014. Despite holding this position, of the 65.4 million cars produced worldwide in 2013, only 4.3 million were produced in the U.S.

While the United States imports a significant amount of vehicles from various countries such as Japan and Canada, passenger car assembly within the country increased from some 2.2 million units produced in 2009 to a little under 4.4 million units in 2013.

Leading car manufacturers in the United States include the Detroit Big Three automakers: General Motors, Ford and Chrysler; today, Chrysler is fully owned by Fiat though. With respect to car brands, the Ford brand clocked in at number one in 2013, selling around 2.4 million vehicles in the United States alone. The Ford Motor Company was founded by Henry Ford in 1903 in Dearborn, Michigan. The company pioneered in large-scale car manufacturing and introduced production methods such as the assembly line. Ford is one of the world’s largest automobile manufacturers, with 2013 revenue in excess of 146 billion US dollars.

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YearNumber of vehicles in thousands
2012 253,639.39
2011 253,108.39
2010 250,070.05
2009 254,212.61
2008 255,917.66
2007 254,403.08
2006 250,844.64
2005 247,421.12
2004 243,010.55
2003 236,760.03
2002 234,624.14
2001 235,331.38
2000 225,821.24
1999 220,461.06
1998 215,496
1997 211,580.03
1996 210,441.25
1995 205,427.21
1994 201,801.92
1993 198,041.34
1992 194,427.35
1991 192,313.83
1990 193,057.38
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