Table 4-11M: Passenger Car and Motorcycle Fuel Consumption and Travel

Table 4-11M: Passenger Car and Motorcycle Fuel Consumption and Travel

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  1960 1965 1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003
Vehicles registered (thousands)                                        
Passenger cars 61,671 75,258 89,244 106,706 121,601 127,885 133,700 128,300 126,581 127,327 127,883 128,387 129,728 129,749 131,839 132,432 133,621 137,633 135,921 135,670
Motorcycles 574 1,382 2,824 4,964 5,694 5,444 4,259 4,177 4,065 3,978 3,757 3,897 3,872 3,826 3,879 4,152 4,346 4,903 5,004 5,370
Vehicle-kilometers traveled (millions)                                        
Passenger cars 944,685 1,163,556 1,475,768 1,664,062 1,789,591 2,006,852 2,265,956 2,185,489 2,208,020 2,212,848 2,262,738 2,314,237 2,365,501 2,418,129 2,493,802 2,525,222 2,575,412 2,620,546 (R) 2,669,055 2,672,844
Motorcycles a a 4,828 9,012 16,415 14,645 15,450 14,806 15,450 15,933 16,415 15,772 15,965 16,224 16,549 17,033 16,848 15,512 (R) 15,372 15,352
Fuel consumed (million liters)                                        
Passenger cars 155,849 188,222 256,723 280,650 264,911 270,725 263,344 243,466 247,702 253,804 256,931 257,681 262,030 264,571 271,396 277,406 276,582 278,450 (R) 285,690 282,354
Motorcycles a a 227 428 772 689 723 697 723 750 776 742 751 763 779 801 793 730 723 722
Average kilometers traveled per vehicle (thousands)                                        
Passenger cars 15.3 15.5 16.5 15.6 14.7 15.7 16.9 17.0 17.4 17.4 17.7 18.0 18.2 18.6 18.9 19.1 19.3 19.0 19.6 19.7
Motorcycles a a 1.7 1.8 2.9 2.7 3.6 3.5 3.8 4.0 4.4 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.1 3.9 3.2 3.1 2.9
Average kilometers traveled per liter                                        
Passenger cars 6.1 6.2 5.7 5.9 6.8 7.4 8.6 9.0 8.9 8.7 8.8 9.0 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.1 9.3 9.4 (R) 9.3 9.5
Motorcycles a a 21.3 21.1 21.3 21.3 21.4 21.3 21.4 21.3 21.2 21.3 21.3 21.3 21.3 21.3 21.3 21.3 21.3 21.3
Average fuel consumed per vehicle (liters)                                        
Passenger cars 2,527 2,501 2,877 2,630 2,179 2,117 1,970 1,898 1,957 1,993 2,009 2,007 2,020 2,039 2,059 2,095 2,070 2,023 (R) 2,102 2,081
Motorcycles a a 80 86 136 127 170 167 178 188 207 190 194 199 201 193 182 149 145 134

KEY: R = revised.

a Included in passenger car.

NOTES

See table 4-12 for other 2-axle 4-tire vehicles.

1.609344 kilometers = 1 mile.

3.785412 liters = 1 gallon.

Average kilometers traveled per vehicle, average kilometers traveled per liter, average fuel consumed per vehicle: derived by calculation.

SOURCES

Passenger car:

Number registered:

1960-94: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics Summary to 1995, FHWA-PL-97-009 (Washington, DC: July 1997), table MV-201.

1995-2003: Ibid., Highway Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual issues), table VM-1.

All other categories:

1960-94: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics Summary to 1995, FHWA-PL-97-009 (Washington, DC: July 1997), table VM-201A. For 1970-94, the unrevised motorcycle vehicle-kilometers and fuel consumed are subtracted from the combined passenger car and motorcycle vehicle-kilometers and fuel consumed from VM-201A.

1995-2003: Ibid., Highway Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual issues), table VM-1.

Motorcycle:

Number registered:

1960-94: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics Summary to 1995, FHWA-PL-97-009 (Washington, DC: July 1997), table MV-201.

1995-2003: Ibid., Highway Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual issues), table VM-1.

All other categories:

1970-85: U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, Highway Statistics Summary to 1985, table VM-201A.

1990-2003: Ibid., Highway Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual issues), table VM-1.