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Light trucks sales have gained market share in relation to car sales from 1970. In 2001, light trucks outsold cars for the first time. Light truck sales reached a peak in 2004. By 2008, truck sales had declined and once again and neared parity with car sales. Beginning in 2009, truck sales have been on the rise and have exceeded car sales in 2010 and 2011.

U.S. Car and Light Truck Sales, 1970-2011
Graphic showing the U.S. car ad light truck sales from 1970 through 2011. For more detailed information, see supporting information below.

Supporting Information

Car and Light Truck Sales in the U.S., 1970-2011 (Millions)
Calendar Year Cars Light Trucks Total Light Vehicles
1970 8.4 1.5 9.9
1971 10.2 1.8 12.0
1972 10.9 2.2 13.2
1973 11.4 2.7 14.2
1974 8.9 2.3 11.2
1975 8.6 2.3 10.9
1976 10.1 3.0 13.1
1977 11.2 3.4 14.6
1978 11.3 3.8 15.1
1979 10.7 3.3 14.0
1980 8.9 2.2 11.2
1981 8.5 2.1 10.5
1982 8.0 2.4 10.4
1983 9.1 3.0 12.1
1984 10.3 3.9 14.2
1985 11.0 4.5 15.4
1986 11.4 4.7 16.1
1987 10.2 4.7 14.9
1988 10.5 4.9 15.5
1989 9.8 4.8 14.5
1990 9.3 4.6 13.9
1991 8.2 4.1 12.3
1992 8.2 4.7 12.9
1993 8.5 5.4 13.9
1994 9.0 6.1 15.1
1995 8.6 6.1 14.7
1996 8.5 6.7 15.1
1997 8.2 6.9 15.1
1998 8.1 7.5 15.5
1999 8.6 8.3 16.9
2000 8.8 8.6 17.4
2001 8.4 8.7 17.1
2002 8.0 8.8 16.8
2003 7.6 9.1 16.6
2004 7.5 9.4 16.9
2005 7.7 9.3 17.0
2006 7.8 8.7 16.5
2007 7.6 8.5 16.1
2008 6.8 6.4 13.2
2009 5.4 5.0 10.4
2010 5.6 5.9 11.6
2011 6.1 6.6 12.7

Source: Ward's Communications

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