RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES

RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES

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 almost match the level of car sales in recent years.

U.S. Car and Truck Sales    Aug-00      Aug-01   
Cars 802,566 726,564
Cars percent change from same month previous year    0.74   -9.47
Light trucks 736,985 722,101
Light trucks percent change from same month previous year    8.19   -2.02
Medium/heavy trucks  39,221  29,613
Medium/heavy trucks percent change from same month previous year  -10.39  -24.50

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.