Chart of the Day: Vehicle Sales vs. Gas Price over Time

Here’s a chart that compares car and truck sales over the last decade. Ostensibly, it shows how increasing gas prices have led to more and more people buying cars instead of trucks.

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[via Washington Post.]

I don’t know. To me it says that nobody is changing much, or that the “shock” of gas prices is fairly short-term. Even though “gas is cheap” now, it’s hardly reached the low levels from a decade ago. is a non-profit and is volunteer run. We rely on your support to keep the servers running. If you value what you read, please consider becoming a member.


3 Responses to Chart of the Day: Vehicle Sales vs. Gas Price over Time

  1. Shawn November 11, 2014 at 10:36 am #

    Agreed, there’s hardly correlation here, let alone causation. The increase in truck sales in the early 2000s is more likely related to the expansion of SUV offerings than anything else.

  2. eric November 11, 2014 at 1:30 pm #

    ^ To that point, what determines whether an SUV is a truck or a car?

  3. Nathanael November 12, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

    Not a useful graph.

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