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In 1975, cars were by far the dominant vehicle style among new light vehicle sales, with a few vans and pickup trucks. Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) accounted for less than 2% of the market at that time. As SUVs increased in popularity, the share of cars decreased proportionally. The increase in vans beginning in the mid 1980s and through 2000 reflects new popular minivan models that were brought to market, but sales of vans have been declining in recent years. The sharp drop in car sales in 2011 was likely a result of the tsunami that occurred in Japan which constrained supplies of popular car models from Japanese manufacturers.

Light Vehicle Market Shares, Model Years 1975–2012
Graph showing the light vehicle market shares (SUVs, Vans, Cars, and Pickups) for the model years 1975 to 2012. See table below for more detailed information.

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New Light Vehicle Market Shares, Model Years 1975–2012
Model Year Light Trucks Cars Vans SUVs
1975 13.1% 80.6% 4.5% 1.8%
1976 15.1% 78.9% 4.1% 2.0%
1977 14.4% 79.9% 3.6% 1.9%
1978 15.6% 77.3% 4.3% 2.6%
1979 15.9% 77.8% 3.5% 2.9%
1980 12.7% 83.5% 2.1% 1.6%
1981 13.6% 82.8% 2.3% 1.3%
1982 14.8% 80.3% 3.2% 1.6%
1983 15.8% 77.6% 3.7% 2.8%
1984 14.5% 76.2% 4.8% 4.4%
1985 14.4% 74.7% 5.9% 5.1%
1986 16.5% 71.6% 6.8% 5.1%
1987 14.4% 72.2% 7.5% 5.9%
1988 16.1% 70.2% 7.4% 6.4%
1989 15.4% 69.4% 8.8% 6.4%
1990 14.5% 69.8% 10.0% 5.6%
1991 15.3% 67.8% 8.2% 8.7%
1992 15.2% 66.6% 10.0% 8.2%
1993 15.1% 64.0% 10.9% 10.0%
1994 18.9% 59.6% 10.0% 11.4%
1995 15.0% 62.1% 11.0% 12.0%
1996 14.9% 60.0% 10.7% 14.4%
1997 16.7% 57.7% 8.8% 17.0%
1998 16.7% 55.1% 10.3% 17.8%
1999 16.7% 55.1% 9.6% 18.6%
2000 15.7% 55.0% 10.2% 19.0%
2001 16.1% 53.9% 7.9% 22.2%
2002 14.8% 51.5% 7.7% 26.0%
2003 15.7% 50.2% 7.8% 26.2%
2004 15.9% 48.0% 6.1% 30.1%
2005 14.5% 50.5% 9.3% 25.8%
2006 14.5% 52.9% 7.7% 24.9%
2007 13.8% 53.0% 5.5% 27.7%
2008 12.9% 52.7% 5.7% 28.7%
2009 10.6% 60.5% 4.0% 24.9%
2010 11.5% 54.5% 5.0% 29.0%
2011 12.3% 47.8% 4.3% 35.6%
2012 10.0% 57.0% 5.1% 27.8%
Source: Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Transportation Energy Data Book, Ed. 32, Table 4.11, July 2013.
Original data source: Environmental Protection Agency.

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