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In 2000, light vehicle sales reached a peak of more than 17 million. Sales remained above 16 million units until 2007. Due to economic conditions, sales dropped off sharply in 2008 and reached a low in 2009 of 10.4 million units for a decline of about 40% compared to sales levels in 2000. Since 2009, light vehicle sales have begun to recover with sales reaching 12.7 million units in 2011.

U.S. Light Vehicle Sales, 2000-2011
Graphic showing the U.S. light vehicle sales for the years 2000 through 2011. For more detailed information, see supporting information below.

Supporting Information

U.S. Light Vehicle Sales, 2000 - 2011
Year Sales (Millions)
2000 17.4
2001 17.1
2002 16.8
2003 16.6
2004 16.9
2005 16.9
2006 16.5
2007 16.1
2008 13.2
2009 10.4
2010 11.6
2011 12.7

Source: Ward's Communications

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