The number of cars and trucks operating on U.S. roads totaled a record 209,509,100 vehicles on July 1, 1999, up from the 205,042,600 cars and trucks registered in the U.S. on July 1, 1998. The 2.2% year-on-year gain marked the highest annual increase since 1996, when the number of registered vehicles rose 2.5% over 1995 (see insert). For the years 1996-1999, the U.S. car and truck population rose 8.3%, up slightly from the 7.9% gain posted in 1991-1995 — the lowest percentage increase for ...

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