US Sales of Hybrids Stay Strong in June 2006, Up 20% from 2005
3 July 2006
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Hybrids in the US had their second-strongest sales month of the year and third-strongest month ever, posting a total of 23,048 units, an increase of 20% from June 2005. May 2006 remains the peak month, with 23,554 units sold.
Total light-duty vehicle sales in the US declined 10.5% to 1.5 million units in June 2006 from 1.68 million units in June 2005, according to Autodata. Hybrids represented 1.54% of all US light duty vehicles sold in June 2006, up from 1.15% in June 2005.
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Toyota again led the way with ongoing strong sales of the Prius— 9,696 units, up slightly from June 2005 and its best performance of the year so far. The new Camry Hybrid followed as the second-best selling hybrid in the US, posting 4,268 units. In only its second full month of sales, the Camry Hybrid now represents 10.3% of the total brand sales.
The Highlander Hybrid stayed in its ongoing band of performance, with 2,705 units sold, and 25.9% of total brand sales. The Rx 400h, however, had its lowest sales month ever, posting only 1,190 units, a drop of 54% from June 2005 and representing only 12.3% of brand sales. The luxury GS450h racked up 231 units, accounting for 55% of the combined GS 430/450h brand sales.
Ford posted a combined 1,884 units of the Escape and Mariner hybrids, up 67% from June 2005 and representing 11.6% of brand sales.
Honda had a strong month for the Civic Hybrid, with 2,601 units—1 40% increase from June 2005, and representing 9.9% of brand sales. The Accord Hybrid continues to flounder, however, posting only 396 units—its second-lowest results of the year, and off 63% form June 2005. The hybrid represented 1.2% of Accord brand sales.
Honda’s soon to be phased-out Insight posted 77 units in June, up 12% from the year before.
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