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From 2007 to 2017 new light-duty vehicle sales increased from 16.1 million to 17.1 million vehicles – an increase of 6.5%. In this time frame, crossover vehicle sales have increased by 116.9% while sales of most other vehicle types declined. Sales of new cars, sport utility vehicles, and vans have declined by more than 15%. Pickup sales increased by a modest 2.8% in the ten-year period.

Graph showing percent change in new sales by vehicle type (cars, crossovers, sport utility vehicles, vans, pickups, and all light-duty vehicles) from 2007 to 2017.

Note: A crossover is a vehicle built on a car platform that has features of a sport-utility vehicle. Examples of crossovers include the Chevrolet Equinox, Ford Escape, and Honda CR-V.

Source: Ward’s Automotive.

Percent Change in New Sales by Vehicle Type, 2007-2017

Vehicle TypePercent Change
Sport utility vehicles-27.6%
All light-duty vehicles6.5%

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