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US Cars Sales Statistics – (2020 Update)

by Tony Arevalo

The United States is one of the biggest markets for vehicle sales in the world. This is not just a claim; it is a fact that’s established after years of gathering data, conducting surveys, and looking for changes in the global market. These surveys and gathered data also show what brands, models, and types of engine customers prefer.

The total number of 276 million cars on the US streets and roads is proving that this market is the biggest in the world. If we add 17.5 million new USA auto sales annually, it becomes clear that the total number of cars in the US will keep increasing in the years to come.

It is safe to say that the market will keep growing because cars became affordable, while the price of gas is relatively stable. On the other hand, new technologies are being developed, so we can expect this industry to grow even more.

Among all these cars sold in the US, there are many used or electric ones, and of course, the ones that were bought straight from the factory. It is good to know that competition among manufacturers and sellers is fierce, which will most likely increase the quality and lower the overall prices.

These and other findings are in the text in front of you, where you’ll be able to learn about the most significant US car sales statistics. They’ll help you whether you are looking to purchase a new car or sell your used vehicle. So go ahead and keep reading.

Car Sales Statistics in the US – 2019

  • There will be around 287.3 million cars in the US by the end of 2020
  • General Motors has the most cars sold in the US – 737,279 in Q3
  • There are approximately 17 million cars sold in the US every year, including 2019
  • Honda Accord is the most popular car in 10 states
  • $117,942,000,000 is the size of the used cars market in the US
  • Between January and July of 2019, there were 81,100 sales of the Tesla Model 3

Frequently Asked Questions

How many cars are sold in the US each year? 

During the past decade, there were approximately 17 million new car sales in the US each year.

What is the best selling auto brand in America?

The best selling auto brand, year by year, is General Motors.

How many new cars are there on the road each year?

There are more than 6 million new cars on American roads every year.

Number of Registered Vehicles in the US


A map showing the number of automobile registrations in the US by state

Automotive Sales Statistics

Car Sales By Company (Quarterly 2017-2019)

Manufacturer Q1 2017 Q2 2017 Q3 2017 Q4 2017
BMW Group 81,933 89,355 83,671 97,828
Daimler 87,635 92,108 90,369 105,199
FCA 514,086 560,054 515,061 483,946
Ford  613,545 680,852 629,990 650,813
General Motors 686,316 721,203 777,360 801,858
Honda 365,293 426,323 437,910 409,826
Hyundai Kia 296,520 345,576 327,573 305,553
Jaguar Land Rover 31,543 25,253 27,792 29,624
Mazda 69,071 72,553 78,672 69,173
Nissan Motor Co 446,038 428,226 401,172 421,714
Subaru Corp. 144,250 160,560 174,038 169,108
Tesla 8,800 13,200 13,317 14,750
Toyota 532,611 621,706 676,403 603,029
Volkswagen 134,629 156,913 162,438 166,792
Volvo 13,429 20,603 22,861 24,541

Manufacturer Q1 2018 Q2 2018 Q3 2018 Q4 2018
BMW Group 84,368 91,654 83,236 95,440
Daimler 86,981 86,612 77,965 98,802
FCA 517,482 601,097 564,507 555,221
Ford  597,494 679,173 606,939 606,569
General Motors 714,956 741,873 693,491 784,422
Honda 362,221 425,333 419,176 397,831
Hyundai Kia 275,821 352,789 325,132 324,998
Jaguar Land Rover 32,066 27,271 26,743 36,317
Mazda 83,995 79,929 71,198 65,203
Nissan Motor Co 451,775 396,247 370,058 393,871
Subaru Corp. 149,703 173,157 180,558 176,717
Tesla 23,180 28,462 68,350 77,525
Toyota 572,021 617,270 634,923 602,432
Volkswagen 147,860 162,321 166,013 158,315
Volvo 20,306 27,539 26,307 24,634

Manufacturer Q1 2019 Q2 2019 Q3 2019 Q4 2019
BMW Group 82,793 91,229 86,230 62,682
Daimler 78,898 80,707 89,766 68,084
FCA 498,425 597,685 565,035 542,528
Ford  582,758 639,039 576,007
General Motors 665,182 733,697 737,279
Honda 369,787 407,408 429,214 401,961
Hyundai Kia 288,384 359,796 336,684 289,253
Jaguar Land Rover 35,250 27,155 26,666 22,915
Mazda 70,831 67,722 69,612 70,385
Nissan Motor Co 407,921 380,215 351,828 326,766
Subaru Corp. 156,754 182,771 185,804 174,788
Tesla 30,600 53,300 54,700 56,525
Toyota 543,716 608,392 627,194 604,016
Volkswagen 149,011 167,294 165,383 136,730
Volvo 22,058 28,062 27,305 18,442

US Auto Sales by Year

Year Total sales
1999 16.958.568
2000 17.410.320
2001 17.177.445
2002 16.848.180
2003 16.675.648
2004 16.913.361
2005 16.997.203
2006 16.560.989
2007 16.154.064
2008 13.245.718
2009 10.431.510
2010 11.589.844
2011 12.778.885
2012 14.492.398
2013 15.582.136
2014 16.531.070
2015 17.470.659
2016 17.539.052
2017 17.208.748
2018 17.200.000
2019 15.112.594

Car Sales Statistics By Model (Jan-July 2019)

Model January February March April May June July
Acura ILX 805 1,047 1,289 1,152 1,351 1,312 1,224
Acura NSX 31 22 26 23 30 19 10
Acura RLX 119 127 135 151 91 50 42
Acura TLX 1,669 2,219 3,141 2,096 2,235 1,812 1,761
Alfa Romeo 4C 7 16 18 27 14 9
Alfa Romeo Giulia 531 646 858 746 797 768
Audi A3 664 823 1,182 681 947 831 522
Audi A4 1,691 1,436 2,652 1,860 2,223 2,292 2,579
Audi A5 1,651 1,603 2,224 1,685 2,251 2,160 2,017
Audi A6 1,889 1,506 1,963 1,374 1,427 1,743 1,246
Audi A7 620 474 672 441 536 409 289
Audi A8 284 242 261 187 190 166 114
Audi R8 42 55 52 30 27 62 37
Audi TT 11 77 122 114 153 159 165
BMW 2-Series 578 738 746 581 253 717 662
BMW 3-Series 1,226 2,379 4,620 3,642 4,364 4,927 3,392
BMW 4-Series 2,842 2,685 1,875 1,214 1,340 1,738 1,484
BMW 5-Series 3,679 2,976 3,690 2,857 3,242 6,259 2,521
BMW 6-Series 161 315 149 96 150 80 65
BMW 7-Series 454 851 988 567 1,071 744 760
BMW 8-Series 99 138 364 275 321 325 228
BMW i3 255 350 359 331 438 473 304
BMW i8 23 47 91 87 145 280 101
BMW Z4 201 271 424 417 288
Buick Cascada 245 236 265 426 492 394
Buick LaCrosse 955 916 1,031 808 933 746
Buick Regal 1,121 1,076 1,211 970 1,119 896
Cadillac ATS 172 165 185 121 139 111
Cadillac CT6 720 691 777 605 698 559
Cadillac CTS 799 767 863 794 916 733
Cadillac XTS 1,228 1,179 1,327 1,742 2,010 1,608
Chevrolet Bolt 1,420 1,363 1,533 1,289 1,487 1,190
Chevrolet Camaro 3,975 3,816 4,293 4,041 4,662 3,730
Chevrolet Corvette 1,297 1,245 1,401 1,881 2,171 1,736
Chevrolet Cruze 7,668 7,361 8,282 5,254 6,062 4,850
Chevrolet Impala 4,362 4,187 4,710 4,074 4,701 3,761
Chevrolet Malibu 11,249 10,799 12,149 10,067 9,292
Chevrolet Sonic 1,467 1,408 1,584 1,308 1,509 1,207
Chevrolet Spark 2,113 2,028 2,282 2,348 2,710 2,168
Chevrolet Volt 829 796 895 372 430 344
Chrysler 200 12 6 8 3 6
Chrysler 300 2,078 2,508 3,704 1,998 2,665 2,904
Dodge Avenger 1
Dodge Challenger 3,230 3,639 6,562 4,422 5,748 5,067
Dodge Charger 5,210 6,547 8,858 6,101 9,296 9,034
Dodge Dart 3 3 2 2
Dodge Viper 1 1 3
Fiat 124 Spider 160 139 214 329 349 337
Fiat 500 261 207 310 273 335 306
Fiat 500L 56 51 61 72 69 90
Ford C-Max 17 5 6 7 8 6
Ford Fiesta 5,244 5,035 5,664 7,206 8,315 6,652
Ford Focus 3,404 3,268 3,677 693 799 639
Ford Fusion 13,712 13,163 14,808 17,767 20,501 16,400
Ford GT 28 27 30 17 19 15
Ford Mustang 5,565 5,342 6,010 7,028 8,109 6,488
Ford Taurus 2,510 2,409 2,711 1,268 1,463 1,171
Genesis G70 596 819 817 844 1,447 1,193 905
Genesis G80 473 533 475 632 708 532 520
Genesis G90 155 176 159 129 158 162 161
Honda Accord 18,786 20,254 25,371 19,239 23,892 21,893 24,144
Honda Civic 21,553 22,979 33,653 28,436 32,800 29,751 29,167
Honda Clarity FCV 1,271 1,281 1,416 1,079 906 1,092 852
Honda CR-Z 1 1
Honda Fit 1,405 1,745 3,238 3,247 3,918 3,603 3,378
Honda Insight 1,762 1,587 2,151 2,028 2,653 2,367 2,218
Hyundai Accent 1,825 1,790 3,166 2,834 2,659 2,632 1,830
Hyundai Elantra 9,942 10,304 15,866 16,586 15,733 16,540 11,579
Hyundai Ioniq 955 1,032 1,323 1,211 1,471 1,607 2,891
Hyundai Sonata 6,212 6,481 8,827 8,634 8,599 8,379 6,976
Hyundai Veloster 855 981 2,055 1,554 1,020 1,139 929
Infiniti Q50 2,249 2,230 3,785 2,174 1,857 2,042 1,895
Infiniti Q60 406 327 571 425 314 359 396
Infiniti Q70 235 269 458 345 203 183 172
Jaguar F-Type 282 280 176 177 171 169 238
Jaguar XE 406 777 658 217 186 164 178
Jaguar XF 96 278 212 71 50 64 118
Jaguar XJ 172 109 128 93 105 74 116
Kia Cadenza 151 113 147 117 105 130 75
Kia Forte 5,955 6,953 8,466 7,336 10,366 9,337 9,172
Kia K900 26 36 40 43 29 35 31
Kia Optima 5,853 7,212 9,603 8,411 8,300 11,090 8,732
Kia Rio 1,608 1,822 2,414 2,082 2,482 2,038 2,266
Kia Soul 7,101 8,592 9,860 10,431 10,713 8,886 7,358
Kia Stinger 939 1,034 1,254 939 1,410 1,345 1,092
Lexus ES 3,144 3,324 4,922 3,499 4,741 4,350 4,960
Lexus GS 298 263 394 301 260 214 305
Lexus IS 1,075 1,115 1,694 1,385 1,533 1,560 1,331
Lexus LC 90 89 141 122 137 89 96
Lexus LFA 3
Lexus LS 508 439 457 474 462 357 396
Lexus RC 262 279 422 353 412 381 437
Lincoln Continental 446 428 481 484 559 447
Lincoln MKZ 1,410 1,354 1,523 1,519 1,753 1,402
Mazda 3 4,596 4,610 6,009 4,351 4,967 3,990 3,651
Mazda 6 1,619 1,906 3,396 2,340 2,133 1,681 1,483
Mazda MX-5 Miata 347 456 727 782 843 759 1,109
Mercedes-Benz A-Class 890 84 804 2,015 2,619
Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 83 134 427 340 340 374 325
Mercedes-Benz B-Class 1 2 1 1 2 1
Mercedes-Benz C-Class 4,676 4,812 5,514 4,054 4,054 3,951 3,449
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class 2,278 1,566 1,366 986 986 573 609
Mercedes-Benz E / CLS-Class 3,258 3,424 3,712 3,372 3,372 3,346 2,750
Mercedes-Benz S-Class 886 1,061 1,204 958 958 1,063 919
Mercedes-Benz SL-Class 116 136 184 193 193 207 119
Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class 122 153 234 303 303 148 160
Mini Cooper 1,586 1,681 2,442 1,741 1,682 2,066 1,842
Mitsubishi Lancer 3
Mitsubishi Mirage 1,570 1,792 2,880 2,004 2,150 2,505 3,256
Nissan 370Z 173 211 263 177 198 230 226
Nissan Altima 12,189 16,216 23,075 16,531 24,218 16,548 11,236
Nissan GT-R 19 25 49 33 18 30 27
Nissan Leaf 717 654 1,314 951 1,216 1,156 938
Nissan Maxima 3,457 3,504 3,593 2,009 2,153 2,079 2,124
Nissan Sentra 14,088 17,072 25,633 13,051 18,831 21,224 16,365
Nissan Versa 6,649 7,410 10,933 6,710 8,116 8,882 2,702
Porsche 718 263 163 239 612 456 422 438
Porsche 911 1,101 990 803 655 613 458 408
Porsche Panamera 487 508 703 992 521 529 476
Smart ForTwo 83 58 90 85 85 74 56
Subaru BRZ 259 242 318 287 231 203 167
Subaru Impreza 4,183 4,291 5,305 4,819 5,532 5,558 6,225
Subaru Impreza WRX 1,751 1,987 2,465 2,197 2,110 1,864 1,732
Subaru Legacy 2,403 2,683 3,133 2,991 2,994 3,222 3,244
Tesla Model 3 6,500 5,750 10,175 10,050 13,950 20,550 13,450
Tesla Model S 875 800 2,275 825 1,025 1,750 975
Toyota 86 / FR-S 256 231 320 268 327 259 300
Toyota Avalon 1,858 1,906 2,855 2,372 3,250 2,616 2,705
Toyota Camry 23,802 24,267 33,615 29,227 36,208 28,889 27,134
Toyota Corolla 25,113 29,016 24,479 19,679 25,712 28,869 30,635
Toyota Mirai 77 94 176 202 248 166 126
Toyota Prius Family 2,987 3,661 5,410 4,799 6,615 5,769 6,592
Toyota Supra 320
Toyota Yaris 1,323 2,572 3,999 3,885 2,953 1,925 1,370
Volkswagen Arteon 78 245 275 252
Volkswagen Beetle 971 1,457 2,027 1,566 1,691 1,686 2,224
Volkswagen CC 9 4 9 5 6 5 6
Volkswagen Golf 1,774 2,070 3,942 3,682 3,834 3,656 3,330
Volkswagen Jetta 6,875 7,109 9,105 7,745 9,653 8,486 8,086
Volkswagen Passat 2,899 2,097 2,762 1,607 1,294 797 628
Volvo 60-Series 1,400 1,058 1,501 1,259 1,767 1,989 1,309
Volvo 90-Series 514 367 346 333 206 226 212
Volvo XC40 1,042 985 1,550 1,824 1,715 1,437 2,072
Volvo XC60 1,471 2,229 2,936 2,251 2,872 2,807 2,426
Volvo XC90 1,427 1,996 3,236 2,700 3,201 3,475 2,776
Total 349,080 373,856 487,036 399,913 460,694 446,586 320,309

Top 10 Most Popular Cars Sold In the US, By State (2019)

Popularity Rank Model States where this vehicle ranks #1 MSRP
10 Subaru Legacy Vermont $22,545
9 Chevrolet Malibu Michigan and Indiana $22,090
8 Toyota Corolla Florida and Hawaii $18,700
7 Ford Explorer Alaska, Montana, Wyoming $32,365
6 Ford Focus Maine, Kansas, West Virginia $17,950
5 Toyota Camry Washington DC, Illinois, Nevada, Kentucky $23,845
4 Chevrolet Impala Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota $28,020
3 Nissan Altima Alabama, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma $23,750
2 Honda Civic Arizona, California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Ohio, Washington, Idaho, New Mexico $19,450
1 Honda Accord Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia, Colorado $23,720

Total Number of Cars In the US (Registration Statistics From Registration Databases)

Number of registered vehicles in the US Car ownership statistic
Number of registered vehicles in the US, 2020 (Proj.) 287.3 million
Number of registered vehicles in the US, 2019 284.5 million
Number of registered vehicles in the US, 2018 279.1 million
Number of registered vehicles in the US, 2017 270.4 million
Number of registered vehicles in the US, 2016 264.0 million
Number of registered vehicles in the US, 2015 257.9 million
Number of registered vehicles in the US, 2014 252.6 million
Number of registered vehicles in the US, 2013 248.9 million
Number of registered vehicles in the US, 2012 248.7 million
Number of Tesla cars registered in the US (through January 1, 2018) 141,000
Percentage of Tesla cars in the US, registered, owned, and driven in California (through January 1, 2018) 45%
Percentage of registered vehicles in the US that are cars, 2018 35%
Share of top five states, all vehicles registered in the US (California, Texas, Florida, New York, and Ohio) 33.5%
Increase in the number of registered vehicles in the US, 2001-2010 20%

The US New And Used Car Sales Statistics (in millions)

Year New cars sales Used cars sales
2000 17.4 41.6
2001 17.2 42.6
2002 16.9 43
2003 16.7 43.6
2004 16.8 42.7
2005 17 44.1
2006 16.5 42.6
2007 16.2 41.6
2008 13.3 36.5
2009 10.4 35.5
2010 11.55 36.91
2011 12.74 36.92
2012 14.43 37.58
2013 15.53 35.78
2014 16.45 36.24
2015 17.4 37.25
2016 17.46 38.6
2017 17.14 39.2
2018 17.42 40.42

Used Car Dealers in the US – Market Size

Year Used cars market size ($ million)
2009 77,772
2010 84,250
2011 87,141
2012 90,595
2013 93,126
2014 98,485
2015 105,962
2016 113,727
2017 116,653
2018 116,150
2019 117,942

German Car Sales in the US Statistics

In 2017, German car manufacturers achieved 1,35 million vehicle sales in the United States. This number is not a surprise because American buyers started to recognize the quality of the German car industry.  

That’s the reason why leading German car brands (BMW, Volkswagen, and Mercedes) moved forward and came to the United States. They have manufacturing plants all over the country, and are employing nearly 50,000 American workers. 

These companies increased their sales over the years, and now their share in the market is around 8% of total USA auto sales. Only 494,000 were exported from Germany, which is 25% less than in 2013. 

This trend of German automakers coming to the United States will probably continue in the future. That is clearly visible by the total amount of vehicles produced since 2013. German Carmakers Association reported that this number increased from 180,000 to 804,000. Also, half of these vehicles are exported to foreign markets such as Asia and Europe.

US Electric Car Sales Statistics (January – July 2019)

Model Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Total
Tesla Model 3 6,500 5,750 10,175 10,050 13,950 21,225 13,450 81,100
Toyota Prius Prime 1,123 1,205 1,820 1,399 1,914 1,144 2,950 11,555
Tesla Model X 775 900 2,175 1,050 1,375 2,725 1,225 10,225
Chevrolet Bolt EV 925 1,225 2,166 910 1,396 1,659 985 9,266
Tesla Model S 725 625 2,275 825 1,025 1,750 975 8,200
Honda Clarity PHEV 1,192 1,213 1,311 981 816 1,030 800 7,343
Nissan LEAF 717 654 1,314 951 1,216 1,156 938 6,946
Ford Fusion Energi 557 573 611 585 605 675 720 4,326
Chevrolet Volt 675 615 1,230 405 408 333 250 3,916
BMW 530e 376 414 436 416 727 908 444 3,721
Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid 436 589 383 347 390 391 385 2,921
Audi e-tron 253 856 726 678 2,513
BMW i3 255 350 359 331 439 473 304 2,511
Volkswagen e-Golf 164 118 581 400 264 366 460 2,353
Kia Niro PHEV 279 505 230 245 329 351 325 2,264
Jaguar I-Pace 210 186 212 237 228 236 213 1,522
Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV 133 157 3341 163 232 222 213 1,461
Mercedes GLC 350e 74 72 175 220 264 270 265 1,340
Mercedes C350e 140 145 135 173 215 235 230 1,273
Porsche Panamera E-Hybrid 150 160 195 155 170 195 165 1,190
Mercedes GLE 550e 92 95 110 150 185 180 170 982
Volvo XC90 T8 PHEV 95 105 155 100 120 170 110 855
Volvo XC60 PHEV 90 100 125 85 95 175 140 810
BMW i8 23 47 91 87 145 280 101 774
BMW 330e 216 185 175 53 27 25 16 697
Porsche Cayenne S-E 65 95 115 70 105 75 95 620
Hyundai IONIQ PHEV 73 54 94 63 63 152 105 604
Hyundai Kona Electric 0 16 127 77 91 116 150 577
Smart ED 83 58 90 85 106 74 56 552
Honda Clarity BEV 78 68 92 88 82 52 47 507
Audi A3 Sportback e-tron 175 210 45 7 437
Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid 27 52 47 65 70 115 376
Mini Countryman SE PHEV 50 63 45 37 85 44 40 364
Fiat 500e 72 87 33 20 60 25 40 337
Volvo S90 T8 PHEV 35 45 55 35 50 40 45 305
Kia Niro EV 40 119 49 80 288
Hyundai IONIQ EV 34 32 28 9 61 62 55 281
Mercedes S550e 8 10 22 35 51 60 50 236
Hyundai Sonata PHEV 4 71 7 46 40 30 35 233
BMWX5 xDrive 40e 71 38 26 9 4 8 4 160
Kia Optima PHEV 30 11 8 5 51 35 140
BMW 740e 6 14 15 8 12 6 2 63
Cadillac CT6 PHEV 8 1 3 2 2 2 18
Mercedes B250e 1 2 1 2 1 7
Kia Soul EV 1 2 1 1 5

Conclusion

As presented above, USA auto sales are recovering from big decrease between 2008 and 2009. The global economic crisis damaged every industry, but the biggest losses were recorded in the real estate and car industries. During the next decade, numbers started picking up, and industry started recording growth once again. This trend continued in 2018 and 2019, and it should be like that in years to come.

Although the overall market is still slightly declining in 2019, final auto sales numbers are yet to be seen. There is an increase in selling electric cars and an increase in the production of German cars on American soil. The most popular brands are American originals such as General Motors and Ford, and the most popular foreign brand is certainly Toyota.

 

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