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How many cars are manufactured in the United States every year?

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Slightly more than 4.25 million passenger cars were manufactured domestically in 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. There were also 7.4 million commercial vehicles, including trucks and minivans, produced in the United States in the same year.

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The combination of passenger cars and commercial vehicles totaled approximately 11.7 million in 2014. From 1960 through 1996, passenger car production exceeded that of trucks and vans, but from 1997, that ratio has reversed. Now there are substantially more trucks, sport utility vehicles and vans manufactured every year in the United States than traditional passenger cars.

The United States, once the world leader in passenger car production, has dropped to fourth place behind Germany, Japan and China (which leads the world with over 16 million cars made per year as of 2014).

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