RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES

RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES

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U.S. Car and Truck Sales (monthly data, not seasonally adjusted)
U.S. Car and Truck Sales (monthly data, not seasonally adjusted)

Car and truck sales can be seen as an indicator of future demands to be placed on transportation infrastructure. Trends in sales for particular types of vehicles may also have implications for safety, energy usage, air pollution, and other matters. For example, the sale of light trucks has grown to match and in certain months even exceed the level of car sales in recent years.

U.S. Car and Truck Sales Nov-01 Nov-02
Light trucks 721,507 632,131
Light trucks percent change from same month previous year   14.10  -12.39
Cars 602,965 570,607
Cars percent change from same month previous year    0.48   -5.37
Medium/heavy trucks  23,875  29,101
Medium/heavy trucks percent change from same month previous year  -16.63   21.89

NOTES: The current value is compared to the value from the same period in the previous year to account for seasonality.

Light trucks include pickup trucks, sport utility vehicles, vans, and minivans.

SOURCE: Lisa Smith, Wards AutoInfoBank, 3000 Town Center Drive, Southfield, Michigan 48075.