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.