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Sales of hybrids in the US in October rose to 18,784 units, up 10.9% from the 16,934 sold in October 2005. The October 2006 tally does not include sales of GM’s VUE Green Line Hybrid—GM is not yet breaking out those results separately.
Total light duty vehicle sales in October in the US increased 6.1% from the year prior, with sales of light trucks up 14.8% and sales of passenger cars down 2.9% year-on-year. In October, hybrids represented 1.54% of the new car market—an increase from the 1.48% share in October 2005, but a decrease from the 1.72% share in September 2006.
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Toyota sold 8,733 Priuses in October, a decrease of 12.1% from October 2005. Sales of the Camry Hybrid dipped in October to 2,806 units, the lowest full month total since the vehicle’s sales launch in April 2006. The Camry Hybrid represented 8.3% of total Camry brand sales in October, down from 10.6% in September and 11.8% in August.
The Highlander Hybrid posted 1,643 units, a drop of 29.5% from October 2005. The Highlander Hybrid represented 16.0% of total Highlander sales, down from 20.1% in September and 21.2% in August.
The Rx 400h posted 1,239 units, a drop of 34.9% from October 2005. The Rx 400h represented 17.1% of combined Rx 400h/Rx 350 sales, down from 19.4% in September, but up from 15.4% in August.
The luxury GS 450h sedan posted 177 units, representing 86.8% combined GS 450h/GS 430 sales, up from 74.2% in September. The October results represented 8.9% of all GS model sales, up from 6% in September.
The Ford Escape and Mariner hybrid posted 1,602 units, up 30.6% from October 2005. The Ford hybrids represented 13.6% of total Escape and Mariner sales, an increase of .6 percentage points from September 2006 and a full percentage point from August 2006.
Honda sold 2,288 units of the Civic Hybrid, up 890% from October 2005 (the unusually lowest month in 2005). The hybrid sales in October 2006 represented 10.7% of all Civic models sold, up from 9.5% in September and .1 percentage point off of the 10.8% in August.
With 287 units sold, Accord Hybrid sales were the lowest of 2006, down 77.3% from October 2005. Hybrids represented 1.2% of all Accord models sold in October, a drop from 1.7% in September and .2 percentage points lower than August. The Insight, phasing out, posted 9 units.
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