US hybrid sales hit a record 23,307 units in August, boosted by a surge in sales of the Honda Civic and Accord hybrid models, as well as ongoing strong performance by Toyota and Ford.
Sales of the Civic hybrid soared to 4,146 units in August—its best month ever. That compares to sales of 1,816 in August 2004, and 2,329 units in July 2005.
Toyota’s Prius continues to lead the hybrid market, with 9,850 units sold in August. The hybrid Highlander had its best of its three months so far, with 2,925 units sold. The Lexus Rx 400h posted 2,607—its second best performance of the five months it has been on sale.
Ford’s Escape hybrid rounds out the results with 1,363 units sold in its third-best month yet. Taken as a percentage of brand sales, the Escape hybrid now accounts for 9.1% of all Escapes sold, up from 6.2% last month.
In terms of percentage of total light duty vehicle sales, Toyota leads with 7.5% of all sales being hybrids. Honda is second with 4.2% and Ford follows with 0.5%
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