The parlous state of the US domestic car market has been revealed in the car sales statistics for 2009.
It was good news in December as total light vehicle sales were up 135,131 units at 1,029,936 compared to 894,805 in December 2008. Passenger car sales in the month rose to 517,740 from 423,704 and light truck sales increased to 512,196 from 471,101.
But despite the late sales surge, overall sales for the entire year have declined 21.2%. The trend is even more alarming when compared with 2007 which came in at 16.1 million units and declined to 13.24 million units in 2008 and dropped further to 10.43 million in 2009, a 35 percent drop in 2 years.
New car sales peaked at 17.4 million in 2000 and in 2009 were the lowest since 1982 according to the industry data publisher Autodata based in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.
2009 marked several milestones when sales in China surpassed the U.S. Honda reached to third position in U.S. sales and Toyota retained its lead at the number two. Amazingly Korean car manufacturers now sell nearly as many cars as all German manufacturers sell in the U.S.
It was bad news across the board for 2009 with total light vehicle sales declining 21.2% to 10.43 million from 13.24 million, passenger car sales dropping 19% to 5.49 million from 6.79 million and light truck sales falling 23.6% to 4.935 million from 6.457 million.