RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES

RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES

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

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U.S. Car and Truck Sales (monthly data, not seasonally adjusted). If you are a user with a disability and cannot view this image, please call 800-853-1351 or email answers@bts.gov for further assistance.

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 May-01 May-02
Light trucks 785,575 748,243
Light trucks percent change from same month previous year   -0.03   -4.75
Cars 814,573 756,065
Cars percent change from same month previous year   -2.31   -7.18
Medium/heavy trucks  34,904  31,736
Medium/heavy trucks percent change from same month previous year  -22.79   -9.08

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.