US Sales of Hybrids Drop in September
4 October 2006
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Sales of hybrids in the US in September dipped from the prior month, with a total of 23,301 units sold. That represents an increase of 21.5% from September 2005 but a decrease of 11% from August 2006. In September, hybrids represented 1.72% of the total light-duty vehicle market.
By contrast, total light-duty vehicle sales in September in the US decreased 1.9% from the year before. Sales of light trucks increased 5.4%, while sales of passenger cars dropped 1.9% year-on-year.
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Toyota sold 10,492 Priuses in September, an increase of 28% from September 2005, and a decrease of 6% from August 2006. Sales of the Camry Hybrid dipped in September to 4,044 units, down 19% from the month before. Together, those two models represented 62.4% of the all hybrids sold in September 2006—up .9 percentage points from August. The Camry Hybrid represented 10.6% of total Camry brand sales, down from the 11.8% share in August.
The Highlander Hybrid posted 2,347 units, a drop of 14% from September 2005 and a 9% drop from August 2006. The Highlander Hybrid represented 20.1% of total Highlander sales, a drop of 1.1 percentage points from August. The Rx 400h posted 1,687 units, a drop of 20% from September 2005, but an increase of 11% compared to August 2006. The Rx 400h represented 19.4% of combined Rx 400h/Rx 350 sales, an increase of four percentage points.
The luxury GS 450h sedan posted 164 units, representing 74.2% of combined GS 450h/GS 430 sales and 6% of all GS model sales.
The Ford Escape and Mariner hybrid posted 1,651 units, a drop of 9% from September 2005 and a decrease of 8% from August 2006. The Ford hybrids represented 13% of total Escape and Mariner sales, an increase of .4 percentage points form August 2006.
Honda sold 2,508 units of the Civic Hybrid, up 31% from September 2005, but down 26% from August 2006. The hybrid sales in September 2006 represented 9.5% of all Civic models sold, a decrease of 1.3 percentage points from August 2006.
Accord Hybrid sales were down 83% to 389 units in September 2006 compared to the year before, and down 22% relative to August 2006. Hybrids represented 1.7% of all Accord models sold in September, an increase of .3 percentage points compared to August. The Insight, phasing out, posted 19 units.
|Hybrid car sales.||Hybrid SUV sales.|
|Hybrid sales as a component of total model sales.||Hybrids as percentage of total light-duty vehicle sales.|
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