1. Not only the automobile industry, but also just anyone interested in buying a vehicle would be interested in the annual vehicle production statistic of the US auto industry. To help detect sales, completion and production trends for the future as a comparative study of the past, auto-manufactures would definitely have a use for a statistic like this.
2. This statistic was taken by the US Department of Transportation, and was completed with a “Continuous Measurement” system, that is rather than a decennial census, a monthly sample survey replacing the long-form census of US Vehicle Production.
3. Year: Total production in thousands
2005: 11,947 2006: 11,260 2007: 10,752 2008: 8,673
RITA. Bureau of Transportation Statistics: “Annual U.S. Motor Vehicle Production and Factory (Wholesale) Sales.” 2008. http://www.bts.gov/publications/national_transportation_statistics/html/table_01_15.html.