The Young and the Carless? The Demographics of New Vehicle Purchases, Accessible Data

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Figure 1. Sales of New Light Vehicles, 1999:Q1 to 2015:Q4

Note. Personal sales exclude sales to businesses and governments. Data are seasonally adjusted. Shaded area indicates NBER recession.

Source. Light vehicle sales from Ward's Automotive Group, Ward's Communications. Ward's AutoInfoBank. http://wardsauto.com/miscellaneous/wards-autoinfobank. Personal sales from IHS Automotive, driven by Polk.

Date All sales Personal sales
1999:Q1 16.34 13.06
1999:Q2 16.78 13.30
1999:Q3 17.15 13.78
1999:Q4 17.34 13.61
2000:Q1 18.33 14.44
2000:Q2 17.36 13.84
2000:Q3 17.32 13.81
2000:Q4 16.38 12.96
2001:Q1 17.18 13.39
2001:Q2 16.71 13.24
2001:Q3 16.06 12.83
2001:Q4 18.52 15.64
2002:Q1 16.67 13.47
2002:Q2 16.60 13.01
2002:Q3 17.42 13.29
2002:Q4 16.57 12.98
2003:Q1 16.14 12.97
2003:Q2 16.42 13.00
2003:Q3 17.22 12.97
2003:Q4 16.78 13.06
2004:Q1 16.59 13.18
2004:Q2 16.67 12.92
2004:Q3 17.01 12.95
2004:Q4 17.20 13.28
2005:Q1 16.57 12.78
2005:Q2 17.39 13.04
2005:Q3 17.98 13.35
2005:Q4 15.85 11.98
2006:Q1 16.85 12.97
2006:Q2 16.33 12.35
2006:Q3 16.53 12.38
2006:Q4 16.30 12.45
2007:Q1 16.41 12.47
2007:Q2 16.08 12.09
2007:Q3 15.90 11.89
2007:Q4 15.97 12.11
2008:Q1 15.10 11.54
2008:Q2 14.22 10.84
2008:Q3 13.08 9.46
2008:Q4 10.37 7.83
2009:Q1 9.34 7.46
2009:Q2 9.67 7.45
2009:Q3 11.72 9.12
2009:Q4 10.70 8.04
2010:Q1 10.76 7.97
2010:Q2 11.46 8.41
2010:Q3 11.72 8.86
2010:Q4 12.20 9.57
2011:Q1 12.74 10.11
2011:Q2 12.23 9.30
2011:Q3 12.56 9.36
2011:Q4 13.37 10.42
2012:Q1 14.24 10.87
2012:Q2 14.20 11.11
2012:Q3 14.33 10.96
2012:Q4 14.90 11.68
2013:Q1 15.37 11.80
2013:Q2 15.44 12.14
2013:Q3 15.55 12.43
2013:Q4 15.59 12.27
2014:Q1 15.71 12.49
2014:Q2 16.49 12.94
2014:Q3 16.66 13.11
2014:Q4 16.72 13.11
2015:Q1 16.67 13.00
2015:Q2 17.09 13.32
2015:Q3 17.76 13.87
2015:Q4 17.80 14.00

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Figure 2. Average Age of New Vehicle Buyers and Median Age of the U.S. Population, 1996 to 2015

Note. Shaded area indicates NBER recession.

Source. Consumer Expenditure Survey, Bureau of Labor Statistics; Power Information Network PIN, a business division of J.D. Power and Associates; and United States Census Bureau.

Date New Vehicle Buyers - J.D. Power New Vehicle Buyers - CE Survey Median Age of U.S. Population
1996 na 47.0 34.7
1997 na 47.5 34.9
1998 na 48.2 35.2
1999 na 47.9 35.5
2000 43.4 48.6 35.4
2001 44.4 48.4 35.5
2002 45.0 49.1 35.7
2003 45.5 48.5 35.9
2004 45.7 50.0 36.0
2005 45.8 49.4 36.2
2006 45.9 50.8 36.3
2007 46.3 50.5 36.5
2008 47.0 51.5 36.7
2009 49.3 53.6 36.8
2010 48.9 50.6 37.2
2011 48.5 52.2 37.3
2012 48.6 51.2 37.5
2013 48.8 53.9 37.6
2014 48.6 52.6 37.7
2015 48.4 na na

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