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About This Statistic

This statistic represents the number of automobiles sold in the United States between 1951 and 2016. In 2016, approximately 7.1 million of such motor vehicles were sold to customers in the United States. Globally, car sales are estimated to come to around 75 million units in 2016.


U.S. car sales

How many cars are sold in the U.S.? The number of cars sold in the U.S. went down from a staggering 7.9 million units in 2014 to a little over 7.1 million units in 2016. December 2014 turned out to be one of the industry’s most successful sales months, while sales dipped by 3.2 percent in December 2015, compared with the same month one year earlier. One year later, car sales declined by around 4.7 percent, compared to December 2015. However, light truck sales grew by 7.2 percent in 2016, compared with 2015. Persisting low oil prices are expected to further increase the number of cars and trucks sold in the USA. U.S. motor vehicle sales are expected to hit 17 million units by 2018. In light of an aging light vehicle fleet, a growing number of people will also likely replace their old vehicle with a new one. On average, U.S. passenger cars are 11.5 years old. U.S. car buyers might hope to lessen their carbon footprint by switching to a smaller, more energy-efficient model. Mid-size cars and small cars are proving increasingly popular among U.S. customers, although cross utility vehicles remain in high demand. The best selling-car models in the U.S. include the Toyota Camry, the Honda Accord and the Toyota Corolla/Matrix.

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