Yes, Your Neighbors Drive SUVs and Trucks

By September 11, 2007Energy

A great and interesting new resource — — from The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and National Automobile Dealers Association, a website that breaks down by congressional district the types of vehicles people are driving.

“The data shows that consumers demand a wide range of vehicle types,” said Dave McCurdy, president and CEO of the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers. “In 70 percent of Congressional Districts consumers purchased more light trucks than passenger cars.”

Minivans, Vans, SUVs and Pickups are considered light trucks by the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration. Of the 16.4 million new vehicle registrations in 2006, 8.6 million were light trucks. SUVs were the most popular light trucks with more than 4.6 million new registrations, followed by pickups with 2.8 million and minivans and vans with nearly 1 million and 275,000 respectively. Additionally, 7.7 million new passenger cars were registered in 2006.

“Continuing to meet the vehicle needs of recreation enthusiasts and American family vacations is a paramount concern of automakers. Pick-ups, SUVs and crossover vehicles are instrumental in meeting those needs” added McCurdy. “One of the key elements of the Hill-Terry bill (H.R. 2927) is that it maintains the longstanding distinction between cars and light trucks. That difference ensures that as fuel economy increases, the full range of vehicles Americans want will continue to be available. That is good for consumers, but it is also good for the environment, because it means people will continue to buy newer, more fuel efficient vehicles, instead of holding on to their older pickups and SUVs longer.”

In 2006, for the fifth year in a row, pickup trucks, minivans, vans and outsold passenger cars.

Hill-Terry is up to 165 cosponsors. Making progress.

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