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The total sales of light vehicles (cars and light trucks) in the U.S. have ranged between 10 million and 17 million over the course of the last 40 years. Though the sales have experienced highs and lows over this period, the recent sales plummet from 16.1 million vehicles in 2007 to 10.4 million vehicles in 2009 was the largest drop in the 40 year period with sales reduced to the 1982 level. Light vehicle sales increased to 11.6 million in 2010 (preliminary estimate).

Light Vehicle Sales, 1970-2010
Line graph tracking the light vehicle sales from 1970 to 2010. For more detailed information, see supporting information below.

Supporting Information

Light Vehicle Sales, 1970-2010
Calendar Year Sales (Millions)   Calendar Year Sales (Millions)
1970 9.9   1990 13.9
1971 12.0   1991 12.3
1972 13.2   1992 12.8
1973 14.2   1993 13.9
1974 11.2   1994 15.0
1975 10.9   1995 14.7
1976 13.1   1996 15.0
1977 14.6   1997 15.1
1978 15.1   1998 15.4
1979 14.0   1999 16.8
1980 11.4   2000 17.2
1981 10.7   2001 17.1
1982 10.4   2002 16.8
1983 12.1   2003 16.5
1984 14.2   2004 16.9
1985 15.4   2005 17.0
1986 16.0   2006 16.5
1987 14.8   2007 16.1
1988 15.3   2008 13.2
1989 14.4   2009 10.4
      2010 11.6

Note: 2010 data are preliminary.
Source: Ward's Autodata.

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