Wards Auto released their estimate of light vehicle sales for December. Wards Auto estimates sales of 12.44 million SAAR in December 2021 (Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate), down 3.2% from the November sales rate, and down 23.7% from December 2020.
This graph shows light vehicle sales since 2006 from the BEA (blue) and Wards Auto’s estimate for December (red).
The impact of COVID-19 was significant, and April 2020 was the worst month.
After April 2020, sales increased, and were close to sales in 2019 (the year before the pandemic).