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Sales of hybrids in the US continued to climb in August, with a total of 26,189 units sold. That represents an increase of 21.4% from August 2005 and an increase of 2.2% from July 2006. In August, hybrids represented 1.8% of the total light-duty vehicle market.
By contrast, total light duty vehicle sales in August in the US increased only 0.2% from the year before. Sales of light trucks declined 2.3%, while sales of passenger cars climbed 3.1%, year-on-year.
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Toyota continued to lead the way, with strong sales of the Prius (11,117—3 units more than July’s total) and the Camry Hybrid (4,977—a slight 1% decline from July). Together, those two models represented 61.5% of the total hybrid market. The Camry Hybrid represented 11.8% of total Camry brand sales.
The Highlander Hybrid posted 2,581 units, a drop of 12% from August 2005. The Highlander Hybrid represents 22.2% of total Highlander sales. The Rx 400h posted 1,514 units, a sharp drop of 42% from August 2005. The Rx 400h represented 15.4% of combined Rx 400h/Rx 350 sales.
The luxury GS 450h sedan posted 192 units, representing 53% of combined GS 450h/GS 430 sales. That represents 6.5% of all GS model sales: 300, 430 and 450h.
The Ford Escape and Mariner hybrid had a relatively strong month, posting 1,789 units, an increase of 31% from August 2005. The Ford hybrids represented 12.6% of total Escape and Mariner sales.
The Honda Civic Hybrid posted its strongest results of 2006, with 3,411 units sold. Even so, that represented a decrease of 18% compared to August 2005. The hybrid sales in August 2006 represented 10.8% of all Civic models sold. The Accord Hybrid posted 499 units—a steep decrease of 79% compared to August 2005. Hybrids represented 1.4% of all Accord models sold in August. The Insight, on its way out, posted a consistent 109 units, a 27% increase from the year before.
Sales figures for the new Saturn VUE Green Line hybrid will begin to emerge in a month or so, according to GM.
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|Hybrid sales as a component of total model sales.||Hybrids as percentage of total light-duty vehicle sales.|