Table 1-18: Retail Sales of New Cars by Sector (Thousands of vehicles)

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  1965 1970 1975 1980 1985 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 (R) 2009 (R) 2010 (R) 2011 2012
Total sales of new cars 9,333 8,403 8,538 8,982 10,978 9,300 8,175 8,214 8,518 8,990 8,636 8,527 8,273 8,142 8,697 8,852 8,422 8,103 7,611 7,545 7,720 7,821 7,618 6,814 5,456 5,729 6,194 7,360
Consumer 7,103 6,252 5,907 6,100 7,092 5,677 4,424 4,566 4,656 4,600 4,326 4,079 3,907 3,981 4,388 4,678 4,629 4,523 4,341 4,275 4,335 4,330 4,113 3,759 3,231 2,934 3,311 3,930
Business 2,140 2,056 2,508 2,758 3,754 3,477 3,648 3,529 3,672 4,183 4,070 4,223 4,166 3,943 4,076 3,950 3,570 3,374 3,074 3,078 3,169 3,239 3,255 2,820 2,039 2,635 2,725 3,321
Government 90 94 123 124 133 147 103 119 190 207 241 225 199 218 232 224 223 206 195 192 216 252 251 234 186 160 158 108
Percentage of total sales                                                        
Consumer 76.1 74.4 69.2 67.9 64.6 61.0 54.1 55.6 54.7 51.2 50.1 47.8 47.2 48.9 50.5 52.8 55.0 55.8 57.0 56.7 56.2 55.4 54.0 55.2 59.2 51.2 53.5 53.4
Business 22.9 24.5 29.4 30.7 34.2 37.4 44.6 43.0 43.1 46.5 47.1 49.5 50.4 48.4 46.9 44.6 42.4 41.6 40.4 40.8 41.0 41.4 42.7 41.4 37.4 46.0 44.0 45.1
Government 1.0 1.1 1.4 1.4 1.2 1.6 1.3 1.5 2.2 2.3 2.8 2.6 2.4 2.7 2.7 2.5 2.6 2.5 2.6 2.5 2.8 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.4 2.8 2.6 1.5

KEY: R = revised.

NOTES

This table includes imported cars, but not vans, trucks, or sport utility vehicles.

Numbers may not add to totals due to rounding.

Annual numbers are calculated by averaging monthly data.

Government sales are determined by subtracting the consumer and business sales from total sales.

The data is seasonally adjusted at annual rates.

SOURCES

1965: U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, National Income and Wealth Division, unpublished data.

1970-2011: Ibid., Underlying Detail for the National Income and Product Account Tables, table 7.2.5S, available at http://www.bea.gov/ as of Feb. 13, 2013.