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Automobile Profile

Dataset Table:

FINANCIAL Personal auto expenditures, total (a) ($ millions) New and used cars (a,1) Tires, tubes, accessories, and parts (1) Gasoline and oil (1) 1
1960 39,886 16,600 2,500 12,000 2
1970 73,390 26,700 6,100 21,900 3
1980 209,563 57,200 17,900 86,700 4
1990 377,492 119,000 29,900 111,200 5

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Description:

KEY: N = data do not exist; R = revised; U = data are unavailable.

Figures obtained by addition / subtraction and may not appear directly in data source.

b  Urban consists of travel on all roads and streets in urban places of 5,000 or greater population.

c  1960-90 includes Motorcycle data.

d  Involvement only with motor vehicle.

e  1960 included in Single-unit 2-axle 6-tire or more truck in Truck Profile.

f  1960-90 included in Light duty vehicle, short wheel base category.

g Rates come directly from the source and may differ slightly from rates that could be calculated from the information displayed in this table.

h 2002 and later data are based on the 2007 NAICS codes. All previous years are based on data that uses 2002 NAICS codes, which do not correspond to 2007 NAICS codes. Thus, data may not be directly comparable, or available for years after 2002 in these categories.

i  2007 and later data uses enhanced methodology to estimate registered vehilces, and vehicle miles traveled, resulting in the significant change in data compared to previous years.

Data from 2007 were calculated using a new methodology developed by FHWA. Data for these years are based on new categories and are not comparable to previous years. The new category Light duty vehicle, short wheel base replaces the old category Passenger car and includes passenger cars, light trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles with a wheelbase (WB) equal to or less than 121 inches. The new category Light duty vehicle, long wheel base replaces Other 2-axle, 4-tire vehicle and includes large passenger cars, vans, pickup trucks, and sport/utility vehicles with wheelbases (WB) larger than 121 inches. Data for 1960-2006 are not comparable to data after 2007.

Source:

Unless otherwise noted, refer to chapter tables for sources.

Financial

All data except Auto registration fees and Driver's license fee:

 U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, National Income and Product Accounts Tables, table 2.5.5 available at https://apps.bea.gov/itable/index.cfm as of Aug. 21, 2020.

Auto registration fees and Driver's license fee:

1960-95:  U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Highway Statistics Summary to 1995, FHWA-97-009 (Washington, DC: July 1997), table MV-202.

1996-2018:  Ibid., Highway Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), table MV-2 avalable at https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/statistics.cfm as of Aug. 21, 2020.

Inventory

Vehicle registration:

1960-94:   Ibid., Highway Statistics Summary to 1995, FHWA-PL-97-009 (Washington, DC: July 1997), table MV-201.

1995-2018:  Ibid., Highway Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), table MV-1 avalable at https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/statistics.cfm as of Aug. 21, 2020.

Motor vehicle licensed drivers:

1960-95:  Ibid., Highway Statistics Summary to 1995, FHWA-Pl-97-009 (Washington, DC: July 1997), table DL-201.

1996-2018:  Ibid., Highway Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), table DL-22 avalable at https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/statistics.cfm as of Aug. 21, 2020.

Number of employees (based on NAICS): 

1990-2001: U.S. Department of Labor,  Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS Database, available at http://www.bls.gov/data/sa.htm as of January 2007; codes "48531 Taxi service," "4231 Wholesale motor vehicles and parts," "441 Retail motor vehicle and parts dealers," "447 Gasoline stations," "81293 Parking lots and garages," "8111 Automotive repair and maintenance."

2002-19: Ibid., Occupational Employment Statistics; NAICS codes "485300," "423100," "441100," "447100," "811100," "81293." available at https://www.bls.gov/oes/tables.htm as of Aug. 21, 2020.

Performance 

1960-94:  U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Highway Statistics Summary to 1995, FHWA-97-009 (Washington, DC: July 1997), table VM–201A, table revised in June 1999.

1995-2018:  Ibid., Highway Statistics (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), table VM-1 avalable at https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/statistics.cfm as of Aug. 21, 2020.

Safety

Number of occupants and nonoccupant fatalities:

U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), personal communication, received on May 12, 2020.

Number of vehicles involved in fatal crashes:

1960-2003: Ibid., Traffic Safety Facts (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), table 3 and similar tables in previous issues, available at https://cdan.nhtsa.gov/tsftables/tsfar.htm as of Aug. 21, 2020.

2004-2018: Ibid., FARS data query, available at https://www-fars.nhtsa.dot.gov/Main/index.aspx as of Sep. 30, 2020.

All other categories:

1960-2018: Ibid., Traffic Safety Facts (Washington, DC: Annual Issues), tables 1, 4, 7, 8, and 10 and similar tables in previous issues, available at https://cdan.nhtsa.gov/tsftables/tsfar.htm as of Aug. 21, 2020.

Publications:
National Transportation Statistics Table Automobile Profile