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Car registrations give snapshot of what’s on Mississippi's roads

Screen Shot 2014-01-10 at 9.44.52 AMScreen Shot 2014-01-10 at 9.44.42 AMIf you think you see a lot of late model Nissan Altimas and Ford F1S, you’re right in assuming that those two vehicles rule Mississippi roads. A look at recent vehicle registrations provided by the Mississippi Department of Revenue shows that the Altima’s 2013 and 2012 models made up the largest number of current vehicle registrations, according to the department spokeswoman Kathy Waterbury.

The numbers provide a snapshot of vehicles currently tagged and operating in Mississippi, she said.

“We only pulled stats for the most current three model years because expanding the query was about to crash our 34-year old computer system,” Waterbury said. “There were a total of 2,729,713 registrations of county tagged passenger vehicles for 2013.

“What you have is a picture of what 376,729 of that number looks like, or about 14 percent of the whole.”

Looking at the numbers for the popular Nissan Altima, there are 5,806 of the model year 2013 registered; 6,666 (model year 2012); and 3,969 (model year 2011.) That brings a total of 16,441 Altimas currently registered from those three model years, according to Waterbury.

Other top cars included the Honda Accord with a combined total of 8,072 for the three model years and Toyota Camry’s total is 16,019 for the same model years.

The top 10 vehicles for 2011, 2012 and 2013 models registered in the state were a familiar bunch. In fact, six of the 10 most popular 2013 models also made the lists with their 2012 and 2011 models, including the Chevy Malibu, the Ford Fusion and the Chevy Impala.

And we do love our trucks in Mississippi, especially the Ford F1S, which topped the last three model years with registrations at 4,304 in 2011, 3,818 in 2012 and 4,500 in 2013. That gives the Ford F15 12,622 combined registrations for the three model years.

Ford took three of 10 spots in each model year, and Chevrolet took two spots in all three years. Among 2013 trucks, Toyota held three places in the top 10 registrations.

Larry Clark, a partner in Butch Oustalet Autoplex in Gulfport, said roomy trucks are big sellers at Oustalet’s five dealerships on the Coast and in Wiggins.

“For years, pickup trucks have been the largest segment and a lot of that was brought about by the difference cab configurations,” he said. “You can put six people in the cab of a pickup up. Twenty years ago it was one seat and you had to shoehorn three people in. Now a truck can double as a family vehicle.”

Clark said gas prices influence buying decisions and a spike in prices at the pump send customers to mid-sized cars like the Chevy Malibu or Honda Accord. “Some months they’re a little ahead of pickups, sometimes they’re just behind,” he said.



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