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Sales of Hybrids in US Hit New Peak in May

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Combined sales of hybrids in the US in May reached a new peak of 23,554 units—1.1% higher than the previous record of 23,307 in August 2005. The sales volume was buoyed considerably by the first full-month sales of the new Camry hybrid, which posted more than 3,000 units.

Combined sales of hybrids were up 39% in May from May 2005, and up 9% from April 2006. By contrast, total light-duty vehicle (LDV) sales in the US dropped 0.7% in May 2006 from the prior year. Hybrids represented 1.6% of total LDV sales in May 2006.

Toyota maintained its strong leadership with Prius sales of 8,103 exceeding supply. The new Camry hybrid posted 3,032 units, representing 7% of all Camrys sold in the month. The Highlander hybrid SUV turned in another very strong month, with 3,755 units (34.7% of total Highlander sales).

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The Lexus Rx 400h posted 2,006 units, or 21.5% of combined Rx 330/400h sales. The new luxury Lexus GS 450h turned in an incredibly strong performance, posting 294 units of the 516 combined GS 430/450h units sold—57% of the models’ sales.

Ford’s Escape and Mariner sales, while not as high as in April, came in at 2,862 units, representing 15% of the models’ sales. This is an increase in sales of 132% from May 2005.

Honda’s Civic Hybrid also posted strong May-to-May results with 2,890 units sold, an increase of 53% from the prior year and representing 10% of total Civic sales. The Accord hybrid turned in 520 units—1.4% of total Accord sales in May, and down 60% from May 2005. The Insight posted 92 units.

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Hybrid sales as a component of total model sales.

Comments

stomv

With so many vehicles, any chance you could do a double stack -- that is, generate two more charts: one with just "cars" stacked, and the other with SUVs (and pickups, when they start being produced) stacked.

It would help me separate some different factors on the trends in my own mind, anyway.

allen zheng

Throw in charts for diesel and flex fuel vehicles for good measure.

stomv

^ er, methinks you are pushing your luck Mr. Zheng... ;)

fyi CO2

Impressive introductory #s on the Lexus GS 450h, too bad it's rated only 26mpg (too much HP, not enough efficiency) although it would be a sig. improvement v. the wife's SUV..

Patrick

Speaking of charts, numbers and statistics. I hopped over to www.bts.gov to see if I could quickly find what people wanted to know and found out who is using all the gas:

In 2001 women drove an average of 38 miles per day while men drove an average of 21 miles per day.

http://www.bts.gov/publications/pocket_guide_to_transportation/2006/html/table_13.html

The women are using too much gas causing gas price spikes, global warming, etc, etc...they must be financially backed by the oil companies (paid to drive nearly twice as far as men).

Bill Young

Oh that you would have the charting difficulty of showing for each model the conventional, the hybrid, and the plug-in hybrid sales for each.

Maybe for Christmas?

Mike

re: graphs, suv and car breakouts as requested. It is getting a little crowded on those charts, and any other suggestions on formats, etc to make these more useful are very welcome.
re: diesel, I'm working on getting the data.

SNOOSE

THIS NOTE IS NOT ABOUT HYBRIDS, BUT IT IS ABOUT SAVING DOLLARS AT THE PUMP. SAW ON A CLIP A BIT BACK WITH I THINK BRIAN WILLIAMS WITH HIS CONVERSATION WITH ONE VINOD KHOSIA, A VENTURE CAPITALIST DISCUSSING ETHANOL AND THE POTENTIAL, HE SAYS, OF BEING OIL INDEPENDANT IN 5-20 YRS. WITH A PUMP COST OF AROUND $1-2.00 PER GAL. AND, HE SAYS, WE CAN DO IT WITH NO GOV'T MONEY. THOUGHTS? SNOOSE

t

I wouldn't want to be involved in investing with the quoted venture capitalist.

cs1992

KHOSLA is certainly an intelligent man, but as for the USA being dependent on ethanol only...HOW? Given the energy content of corn or switchgrass, please explain.

Bio-Algae may prove more feasible.

Anyways, it seems to me that auto companies should all offer a low end hybrid (ie. civic, prius). The Accord hybrid is a good example of a company not in touch with demand (it should have been a 4 cylinder).

Mel.


That piece was pretty fluffy, Snoose. Khosla's credentials are unquestionable in the entrepeneurial arena, but he got that way by being savvy. Playing up any of the many weaknesses that ethanol production suffers from right now would be totally contradictory to his ends, which is to promote his product.

There's purpose in ethanol, but the degree to which he's talking about is just unreal.

Mike

@fyi c02 I dissagree with you about that I think the 450h has a perfect balance. Now I'm going to explain why I'm not crazy. 1: people who are used to the 430 (cheaper by 3k base) are not going to accept a downgrade in response (not performance, most luxury drivers don't want fast they want "overtaking power" and smooth acceleration they aren't racing they are manipulating traffic) just because its good for the environment. 2: performance configurations are the best way to test any technolodgy! This can only be good for the technolodgy because they will want to maintain its current performance with the next evolution and push further with the savings. I honestly think we'll see Toyota making huge innovations through the Lexus brand. I'd be willing to bet that each generation will make more use of the electric system and less of the gas as battery tech gets better.

lensovet

Mike, how about a percentage of GS450h from not just the GS400-series, but from all GS models sold in the past month?
Cool thanks.

SJC

I would bet the significant usage of ethanol would be closer to the 20 year than the 5 year number. We can provide about 2.5% of our fuel needs now with ethanol, a 40 fold increase would take time, even with cellulose ethanol.

stomv

Thanks for the two charts. They support a question I've been wondering about for months.

The car segment seems to have flatlined (approximately), whereas the SUV segment seems to be showing major growth.


The question I have is: are the hybrid SUVs resulting in an aggregate improvement of MPG or an aggregate reduction? That is, are people buying hybrid SUVs instead of regular SUVs, or are they buying hybrid SUVs instead of sedans or hybrid cars? Some of both, but where is the most action happening?

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