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In 2002, vehicle sales were about five times higher in the U.S. than in China. Due to a combination of declining sales in the U.S. and rising sales in China, vehicle sales in China exceeded vehicle sales in the U.S. for the first time in 2009. Just one year later, vehicle sales in China were 18.2 million, which topped the U.S. sales record of 17.4 million in 2005.

Vehicle Sales in the U.S. and China, 2002-2011
Graphic showing the yearly vehicle sales of China and the United States (in millions) from 2002 to 2011. See table below for more detailed information.

Note: Vehicle sales include light and heavy vehicles.

Supporting Information

Vehicle Sales in the U.S. and China,
2002-2011 (millions)

Year U.S. China
2002 17.1 3.2
2003 17.0 4.4
2004 17.3 5.1
2005 17.4 5.8
2006 17.0 7.1
2007 16.5 8.8
2008 13.5 9.3
2009 10.6 13.6
2010 11.8 18.1
2011 13.0 18.5
Source: Ward's Auto Info Bank

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