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Vehicles in operation in the United States - statistics & facts

To get around town, the United States relies heavily on motor vehicle transport. There were just under 280 million vehicles registered in the United States as of the fourth quarter of 2019. The country had among the highest motorization rates in 2018 with more than 227.5 million people holding a driver's license in that year. Gasoline was the preferred type of fuel for American drivers in 2019.

Spotlight on states

The majority of motor vehicles were registered in California, the country's most populous state. More than 30 million vehicles were registered here in 2018, roughly 15 million automobiles and around 14.7 million trucks. It comes as no surprise that the Golden State also boasted the highest number of drivers holding a valid license: 27 million in 2018.

General Motors leads in terms of new registrations

General Motors and Ford are the largest automotive manufacturers in the United States. Between January and September 2020, General Motors was the manufacturer selling the most light vehicles to customers in the United States. U.S. vehicle sales reached some 1.4 million units in September 2020, after a dramatic sales slump amid the coronavirus crisis in April. North American car sales are projected to reach 18.7 million units in 2021.

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Vehicles in operation in the United States - statistics & facts

To get around town, the United States relies heavily on motor vehicle transport. There were just under 280 million vehicles registered in the United States as of the fourth quarter of 2019. The country had among the highest motorization rates in 2018 with more than 227.5 million people holding a driver's license in that year. Gasoline was the preferred type of fuel for American drivers in 2019.

Spotlight on states

The majority of motor vehicles were registered in California, the country's most populous state. More than 30 million vehicles were registered here in 2018, roughly 15 million automobiles and around 14.7 million trucks. It comes as no surprise that the Golden State also boasted the highest number of drivers holding a valid license: 27 million in 2018.

General Motors leads in terms of new registrations

General Motors and Ford are the largest automotive manufacturers in the United States. Between January and September 2020, General Motors was the manufacturer selling the most light vehicles to customers in the United States. U.S. vehicle sales reached some 1.4 million units in September 2020, after a dramatic sales slump amid the coronavirus crisis in April. North American car sales are projected to reach 18.7 million units in 2021.

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