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US car sales by class chart


U.S. car sales by class evolve

  • Over the past 35 years, the share of SUVs in U.S. sales has been growing, reflecting consumer preferences versus small cars
  • In the near term, SUVs and pickup trucks will maintain market share; however, post 2020 small cars are likely to gain share versus these categories
  • Smaller vehicle options are likely to grow in the SUV and pickup categories
  • Falling battery costs will enable small, shorter-range electric cars to exceed more than 10 percent of new car sales in the U.S. by 2040, as high cost differentials begin to narrow versus conventional cars