U.S. Automotive Industry - Statistics & Facts

U.S. Automotive Industry - Statistics & Facts

Statistics and Facts about the U.S. Automotive Industry

Find the most relevant facts on the U.S. automotive industry, including market data, statistics and market studies.


Despite the growing number of bicycles, motorcycles, coaches, trains, planes and even cruise ships in use, the automobile is still the most popular form of passenger travel. Thanks to the car’s popularity, the automotive industry has made a strong comeback from the 2008 financial crisis. In 2015, there were just under 114 million automobiles traveling on U.S. streets - a figure that translates into an average rate of around 800 passenger vehicles per 1,000 inhabitants. In 2015, some 14.5 million automobiles were registered in California, the country’s most vehicle populous state.

The Detroit Three, General Motors, Chrysler LLC and Ford, are the key U.S.-based automakers, although Chrysler LLC is a fully-owned subsidiary of the Europe-based Fiat Chrysler Automobiles holding. In addition to the aforementioned carmakers, Tesla's market share is on the rise due to the increasing acceptance of hybrid and electric vehicles. In terms of U.S. light vehicle sales, General Motors was the most important vehicle manufacturer as of January 2017, followed by Ford, Fiat-owned Chrysler, Toyota and Nissan. About four million passenger cars were produced in the United States in 2016. Globally, Toyota, General Motors and VW are ranked as the largest passenger car manufacturers.



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Facts on the U.S. Automotive Industry
Industry OverviewValuesStatistic
NAFTA vehicle production18.17m units Details →
U.S. motor vehicle and parts manufacturing gross output$69,906m Details →
New light vehicle registrations in the U.S.17.5m units Details →
Passenger cars in use in the U.S.133m Details →
U.S. domestic auto production3.9m Details →
Number of new car models offered in the U.S.37 Details →
U.S. automobile registrations in California14.46m Details →
Number of private and commercial automobiles registered in California14.2 Details →
Vehicle scrappage as a percentage of registrations in 2009126.3% Details →
SalesValuesStatistic
U.S. car sales7.1m Details →
Premium automotive sales in the U.S.1,638k Details →
Number of Toyota Camrys sold in the U.S.389k Details →
Number of GM light vehicles sold in the U.S. in January 2017196k Details →
March 2017 U.S. light truck sales944k Details →
Mercedes-Benz takes the crown as leading premium car brand in the U.S.340m units Details →
Leading car segment in the U.S.Crossovers Details →
ManufacturersValuesStatistic
Automobile manufacturer market share of General Motors17.3% Details →
Ford's revenue in the U.S.93.43bn USD Details →
Toyota's revenue in North America11 tr JPY Details →
Most popular luxury car brand in the U.S.Mercedes-Benz Details →
AftermarketValuesStatistic
2018 U.S. automotive aftermarket size284 bn USD Details →
Johnson Controls Inc.'s FY 2016 net sales37.7bn USD Details →
2016 U.S. OE passenger tire shipments49m Details →
U.S. passenger car tire imports from China24m Details →
Penzoil has the largest market share of motor oils in U.S. fast lubes26% Details →


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