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Vehicle registrations - United States. May of 2017

Americans car registrations fall in May

In May, vehicle registrations in United States fell by 1.18% with respect to May of 2016. In total, 17,700,759 cars were registered and 17,700,759 new cars were sold in the last twelve months, 1.18% less than the year before.

The breakdown of car sales figures for the month of May is:

  • Commercial vehicles sold: 11,174,058, 5.05% more than in May of 2016.
  • Passenger cars regitrations: 562,233, which represents a figure of 10.09% less than in May of 2016.

United States is the country where the greatest number of cars have been registered in the last year, in ranking of 36 countries based on number of vehicle registrations.

A very useful variable for estimating the level of economic wealth enjoyed by Americans residents, when compared to the other countries in the ranking, is the number of vehicles sold or registered per thousand residents in the last year. With annual sales of 54.78 cars per 1,000 residents, 54.78 of them in the last month, United States, occupies 5th place, so, compared to the other countries in the ranking, its population has a good standard of living.

As can be seen, the number of registrations per thousand residents has fallen in the last year. A drop in registrations generally indicates a fall in consumer confidence and, when it is sustained, a recession in the real economy .

Changes in American vehicle registration numbers are shown in the tables below. As several studies indicate, these changes are very much related to changes in GDP and, hence, to a country's economic situation. Sales have grown since 2007, as 16,914,400 were produced that year although there has been a drop in the number of registrations per thousand residents , which that year numbered 56.69.

Here we show you the progression of vehicle registrations in United States. You can see car registrations in other countries in en vehicle registrations and see all the economic information about United States in en American economy.

United States - New motor vehicle registrations
DateCommercial vehicles MonthPassengers vehicles MonthMonthly vehicle salesMonthly Vehicles/ 1,000 p.Commercial vehicles YearPassengers vehicles YearAnnual vehicle salesAnnual Vehicles/ 1,000 p.
< 2016
May 2017979,474562,2331,541,7074.7711,174,0586,526,70117,700,75954.78
April 2017912,543537,3201,449,8634.4911,121,9416,589,77017,711,71154.81
March 2017991,586589,0511,580,6374.8911,125,0656,660,88317,785,94855.04
February 2017869,719484,2761,353,9954.1911,081,6246,737,75717,819,38155.15
January 2017752,674411,4891,164,1633.6011,030,9926,808,66617,839,65855.21
December 20161,116,670599,4201,716,0905.3110,994,4836,869,77217,864,25555.29
November 2016893,081508,9871,402,0684.3710,915,6846,903,76917,819,45355.53
October 2016891,451504,6351,396,0864.3510,847,8806,923,10017,770,98055.38
September 2016906,657554,1631,460,8204.5510,840,2797,019,29817,859,57755.66
August 2016959,869579,9201,539,7894.8010,806,3207,063,87817,870,19855.69
July 2016956,081590,7381,546,8194.8210,788,2407,155,16017,943,40055.92
June 2016944,253604,4691,548,7224.8310,722,7657,219,05317,941,81855.91
United States - New motor vehicle registrations