Fact #907: January 11, 2016 Light Vehicle Sales at a Record High in 2015

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According to Ward’s Automotive, in calendar year 2015 light vehicle sales reached 17.4 million which is a record high. In 2000, there were 17.2 million light vehicles sold, the highest point until 2015. This sales record comes six years after the Great Recession that saw vehicle sales plummet to 10.3 million vehicles in 2009.

Light Vehicle Sales, 1970-2015

Graphic showing light vehicle sales from 1970 to 2015.

Note: Includes cars and light trucks up to 14,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR)

Fact #907 Dataset

Supporting Information

Light Vehicle Sales (Up to 14,000 lbs. GVWR), 1970-2015
Calendar YearVehicle Sales
(Millions)
19709.9
197111.9
197213.1
197314.0
197411.0
197510.7
197612.9
197714.3
197814.9
197913.5
198010.9
198110.2
198210.0
198311.7
198413.6
198514.7
198616.0
198714.8
198815.4
198914.4
199013.9
199112.3
199212.9
199313.9
199415.1
199514.7
199615.0
199715.1
199815.5
199916.8
200017.3
200117.1
200216.8
200316.6
200416.8
200516.9
200616.5
200716.0
200813.2
200910.3
201011.6
201112.7
201214.4
201315.5
201416.4
201517.4

Sources: Ward's Automotive

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