|US hybrid sales and average price of gasoline. Click to enlarge.|
Sales of hybrids in the US climbed to a combined 21,707 units—21.5% more than in March 2006, and 3.5% higher than April 2005’s 20,974 units. The results are the second only to August 2005’s 23,307.
Total light-duty vehicle (LDV) sales in the US dropped 5.6% in April from the year earlier down to 1,420,530 from 1,504,216. Hybrids represent 1.52% of total LDV sales in April 2006, up from 1.39% of total LDV sales in April 2005.
Toyota remains the hybrid leader, with five models now on the market for a combined 14,476 units: 67% of the total. The Prius turned in its best results of the year, with 8,234 units—up 3.9% from March, but down 27% from the 11,345 units sold in April 2005. Toyota says that demand for the Prius continues to outweigh supply.
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The Highlander Hybrid turned in its best results ever, posting 3,768 units, up 26% from March. With those results, sales of the hybrid version represented 35.2% of all Highlander sales.
The Rx 400h—which has now been in showrooms for one year—sold a total of 2,247 units in April, down 9% from March and down 4.2% from April 2005. April saw the arrival of two new hybrid models into the showroom during the last week of the month—the Camry Hybrid with 86 units sold, and the LS GS 450h with 141 units sold.
Ford posted its best hybrid sales yet (earlier post), with combined sales of the Escape and Mariner hybrids shooting up to a combined 3,420 units from 1,590 units the month before—an increase of 115%. The combined sales were up 100% compared to April 2005.
|Hybrids as % of Mixed Model Sales|
|Model||Total sales||Hybrid sales||% Hybrids|
Ford also increased the hybrid percentage of total sales of those two models into double-digit territory for the first time. The sales of the hybrid models represented 16.8% of total sales for the Escape and Mariner. Prior months had seen the percentage around 7%.
Sales of the Honda Civic Hybrid stayed over the 3,000 mark, with 3,087 sold—up 38% from March, although down 10.9% from April 2005. The Accord Hybrid came in with 614 units sold—up 5.7% from March, but down 69.6% from April 2005. The Insight broke into triple-digits with 110 units sold.
(A hat-tip to Joe Willemssen for the gas price data!)