Number of vehicles registered in the United States from 1990 to 2013 (in 1,000s)

This graph shows the number of vehicles in the U.S. from 1990 through 2013. Some 256 million vehicles were registered here in 2013. The figures include passenger cars, motorcycles, trucks, buses, and other vehicles. The number of cars sold in the U.S. per year varies between five and 11 million units.

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 around 1.3 million new light vehicle registrations in February 2015. 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, Mexico and Canada, passenger car assembly within the country increased from some 2.2 million units produced in 2009 to a little over 4.25 million units in 2014.

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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 Number of vehicles in thousands
90 193,057.38
91 192,313.83
92 194,427.35
93 198,041.34
94 201,801.92
95 205,427.21
96 210,441.25
97 211,580.03
98 215,496
99 220,461.06
00 225,821.24
01 235,331.38
02 234,624.14
03 236,760.03
04 243,010.55
05 247,421.12
06 250,844.64
07 254,403.08
08 255,917.66
09 254,212.61
10 250,070.05
11 253,108.39
12 253,639.39
13 255,876.82
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