Vehicle sales in the United States 1978-2019

In 2019, the auto industry in the United States sold approximately 17 million light vehicle units. This figure includes retail sales of about 4.7 million autos and more than 12.2 million light truck units.

Lower fuel consumption

There are many kinds of light vehicles available in the United States. Light-duty vehicles are popular for their utility and improved fuel economy, making them an ideal choice for savvy consumers. As of 2018, the light vehicle manufacturer with the best overall miles per gallon was Honda with 3.4 gallons of gas required to complete 100 miles on the road.

Higher brand satisfaction

When asked about light vehicle satisfaction, consumers in the United States were most satisfied with Volvo, Lexus, and Lincoln models. Another survey quizzing respondents on their stance regarding the leading car brands indicated that Lexus was among the most dependable brands based on the number of problems reported per 100 vehicles.

Light vehicle retail sales in the United States from 1978 to 2019

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Release date

January 2020


United States

Survey time period

1978 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Monthly figures have been added up.
The values were not seasonally adjusted.

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