What Consumers Drive... Drives the Auto Industry

Our customers use their vehicles in many diverse ways — for business, with family, and in the pursuit of fun. With so many different consumer needs, automakers must offer a wide range of vehicle choices to fit every lifestyle.


How consumers use their vehicles is evident in the latest sales data.

In 2017, Americans continued to favor light trucks (SUVs, vans and pickups). Nationwide, 65% of total new vehicle sales were light trucks, compared to 35% for new cars. In 47 states more than half of new vehicle sales were light trucks.

Auto buyers shopping for new vehicles now have more energy-efficient vehicles to choose from than ever. More than 490 models on sale today achieve high mileage (30+ MPG highway), including 43 hybrids, 19 plug-in hybrids, and 30 electric vehicles. And, traditional gasoline engines are getting increasingly fuel efficient as a result of new technologies.

Across America, consumers make new vehicle choices based on their own needs and preferences.

See What Your State Drives

Every state is different. Choose your location and see the 2016 sales data for different classes and types of vehicles.


Nationwide Rankings by Congressional District

Percentage of Total Sales in 2016
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Figures compiled by Auto Alliance with data provided by IHS Markit as of December 31, 2017. See State

SUV/CUV Sales Ranked by State

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