Data Highlights: America's Century-Long Love Affair with the Car May Be Coming to an End

Jan 12, 2010 | by
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Between 1950 and 2008 more cars were added to our roads virtually every year as the total fleet expanded steadily from 49 million to 250 million vehicles. In 2009, however, 14 million cars were scrapped while only 10 million cars were sold, shrinking the fleet by 4 million vehicles, or nearly 2 percent. With record numbers of cars set to reach retirement age between now and 2020, the fleet could shrink by some 10 percent, dropping from the all-time high of 250 million in 2008 to 225 million in 2020.

Data Highlights: America's Century-Long Love Affair with the Car May Be Coming to an End