According to an R. L. Polk & Co. vehicle population report released recently, the
median age of passenger cars and trucks on the road in the United States has increased. For
cars it rose to 9.2 years for 2006, a record high.
Additionally, light truck median age
increased by 3.0 percent to 6.8 years, the largest increase across the major vehicle
categories. The percent of light vehicles 11 years of age and older increased one
percentage point over last year to a new all-time high, representing 35.8 percent of the
light vehicle population.
Polk’s vehicle population report data is based on analysis of
more than 230 million vehicles.