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Autos Drive South Carolina Forward

Industry Impact

  • 113,265 113,265 Total Auto Jobs in State
  • 4.1% 4.1% of State Workforce
  • $5.88B $5.88 Billion Labor Income
  • $7.15B $7.15 Billion in Total 2018 Car Sales
  • 218,753 218,753 Total New Car Sales
Multi-industry contribution analysis of the economic impact of automotive manufacturing, selling, repairing, renting, and additional maintenance modeled using IMPLAN economic analysis data software, 2017 data year; compiled by Auto Alliance with data provided by IHS Markit, sales figures represent new vehicle registrations between January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018.

Tax Revenue

  • $699.02M $699.02 Million in Total State Tax Revenue
  • 7% 7% of State Tax Revenue
  • $112M $112 Million in New Vehicle Sales Taxes
  • $ $ in Used Vehicle Sales Taxes
  • $96M $96 Million in Sales Taxes on Auto Parts and Services
  • $820.14M $820.14 Million in Vehicle Use Taxes (Including Gas Taxes), Licenses and Fees
  • $20M $20 Million in Corporate Profits Tax
  • $119M $119 Million State Income Taxes
Multi-industry contribution analysis of the economic impact of automotive manufacturing, selling, repairing, renting, and additional maintenance modeled using IMPLAN economic analysis data software, 2017 data year.

Registrations

4,902,802 Registered Vehicles

By Body Style

  • Cars 2,131,443 (43.47%)
  • CUVs 790,468 (16.12%)
  • SUVs 623,230 (12.71%)
  • Pickups 1,076,803 (21.96%)
  • Vans/Minivans 280,858 (5.73%)

By Powertrain

  • Gas 4,733,949 (96.56%)
  • Diesel 117,496 (2.40%)
  • Hybrid 47,198 (0.96%)
  • Electric 1,946 (0.04%)
  • Plug-In Hybrid 2,213 (0.05%)
In South Carolina, the average age of vehicles is 12.9 years.
The national average age of vehicles is 11.6 years.
Figures compiled by Auto Alliance with data provided by IHS Markit as of December 31, 2018.

New Purchases

218,753 Vehicles Sold

By Body Style

  • Cars 68,029 (31.10%)
  • CUVs 77,615 (35.48%)
  • SUVs 20,425 (9.34%)
  • Pickups 42,388 (19.38%)
  • Vans/Minivans 10,296 (4.71%)

By Powertrain

  • Gas 208,648 (95.38%)
  • Diesel 6,026 (2.75%)
  • Hybrid 2,909 (1.33%)
  • Electric 689 (0.31%)
  • Plug-In Hybrid 481 (0.22%)
Figures compiled by Auto Alliance with data provided by IHS Markit as of December 31, 2018.

Auto-Related Activity at Ports

Economic Activity From Past Decade

  • $37.55 Billion Total Imports
  • $70.45 Billion Total Exports

Economic Activity From 2018

  • $4.32 Billion Total Imports
  • $8.06 Billion Total Exports
Compiled by Auto Alliance with data provided by USA Trade Online, figures represent port activity over the past decade and between January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018.

Fueling

  • Gasoline Stations 2,211
  • Electric Charging Stations 234
  • Biodiesel Stations 1
  • Compressed Natural Gas Stations 7
  • Hydrogen Stations 1
  • Liquefied Natural Gas Stations 1
  • Liquefied Petroleum Gas Stations 45
Compiled by Auto Alliance with data provided by U.S. Department of Energy's Alternative Fuels Data Center, figures represent fueling stations as of April 9, 2019.

South Carolina Consumers

  • $32,675 $32,675 Average MSRP Per New Car
    National Average $31,696
  • $50,570 $50,570 Median Household Income
    National Average $56,516
  • $4,214 $4,214 Median Monthly Household Income
    National Average $4,710
  • $498 $498 Median Monthly New Car Payment
    National Average $576
  • 12% 12% Monthly Car Payment as a Percent of Monthly Income
    National Average 12%

Commuting to Work

  • Drive alone to work (82%)
  • Carpool to work (9%)
  • Take public transportation (0%)
  • Other (8%)
Figures compiled by Auto Alliance with data provided by IHS Markit, U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey 2017 and Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Median Monthly New Car Payment computed for a 60-month loan based on MSRP with 20% down and an APR of 5.36%.

Automaker Facilities In South Carolina

BMW Group Information Technology Research Center

LocationEmployees
BMW Group Information Technology Research CenterGreenville 0

BMW Manufacturing Corp.

LocationEmployees
Built exclusively at this plant are theX3 and X5 Sports Activity Vehicle, the X4 and X6 Sports Activity Coupe.Greer 11,000

BMW Zentrum

LocationEmployees
Heritage MuseumGreer 0

Ford Motor Company

LocationEmployees
Ford Credit Greenville Business CenterGreenville 246

Honda Manufacturing

LocationEmployees
Timmonsvilled 875

Mercedes-Benz Vans, LLC

LocationEmployees
Ladson Marshalling Yard & Assembly PlantLadson 251

Mercedes-Benz/Daimler

LocationEmployees
DTNA - Fort MillFort Mill 433
Mercedes-Benz Financial ServicesFort Mill 13
FCCC - GaffneyGaffney 766
York/Arvin MeritorYORK 9

Volvo Car USA

LocationEmployees
Research & DevelopmentSummerville 14
ManufacturingSummerville 47
OtherSummerville 24
Volvo Car US OperationsSummerville 1,311

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