GSA purchases from Chrysler fell 11% to 9,468 cars and trucks as sales to the federal fleet dipped about 8.6% to 50,114, the data showed. In 2009, as GM and Chrysler emerged from bankruptcy, the government bought 89,380 units. The U.S. auto industry sold 14.5 million cars and trucks last year, according to Autodata Corp. in Woodcliff Lake, N.J.
The GSA coordinates about two-thirds of U.S. government vehicle purchases. The agency last year bought fewer cars and trucks compared with the previous year. It bought $1.3 billion worth of vehicles in fiscal 2012 compared with $1.36 billion in 2011, $1.55 billion in 2010 and $1.95 billion in 2009, Bloomberg said.