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BTS Indicators Report Shows Drop in Motor Vehicle Sales

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BTS Indicators Report Shows Drop in Motor Vehicle Sales

USDOT Bureau of Transportation Statistics
November 2, 2001

Friday, November 2, 2001
Contact: David Smallen
Tel: (202) 366-5568
BTS 20-01

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) today released its monthly Transportation Indicators report showing that U.S. sales of light trucks, including pickups, sport utility vehicles and vans, declined almost 11 percent in September compared to September 2000.

Sales of cars fell 14 percent and medium and heavy truck sales fell 26 percent during the same period.

The BTS report is a monthly update of critical transportation information that details the impact of transportation on the nation’s economy and society.

Dr. Ashish Sen, BTS Director, said, "Transportation Indicators shows the trends in motor vehicle sales, an important indicator of the nation’s economic condition."

Transportation Indicators provides information on more than 90 trends in the areas of safety, mobility, economic growth, the human and natural environment, and national security. The monthly report, which is available at www.bts.gov, provides information to address specific transportation issues and to assist in the effort led by BTS to make transportation information more accurate, reliable, and timely. Updated reports will be available on the BTS website at the end of every month.

Other trends highlighted in this month’s report are:

  • Highway-rail fatalities dropped almost 18 percent in July, while incidents fell over 20 percent, compared to July 2000.
  • Public expenditures on construction of highways and streets fell almost 10 percent from July to August.
  • Average retail gasoline prices (all grades) declined 3 percent during the week of Oct.15, following a 4 percent decline the previous week.
  • Net imports of petroleum declined nearly 12 percent in August compared to August 2000.

    Continual updating of information on trends will help in developing forecasts for the future, both within the department and outside. The monthly report will also help transportation decision-makers spot changes that might require rapid action.

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