US Sales of Hybrids Up 52% In February; Best Month Ever for Prius
6 March 2007
|Total hybrid sales. Click to enlarge.|
Combined sales of hybrids in the US rose 54% in February to more than
22,792 22,998 units, up 52% from the results in February 2006. The figures do not include sales of GM hybrids, which the automaker does not yet break out, but do reflect the addition of the Nissan Altima Hybrid, now sold in eight states.
Total light-duty vehicle sales in the US dropped 0.5% in February year-on-year to 1,254,924 units, according to Autodata. Passenger car sales dropped 1.4% in February, and light truck sales increased 0.2%. Hybrids thus represented 1.83% of the US LDV market, the highest monthly figure yet.
|Hybrid market share. Click to enlarge.|
The Toyota Prius had its best month ever, posting 12,227 units, an 87% increase over February 2006 results. That represents 54% of all hybrids sold in the month. The Toyota Camry Hybrid came in with 3,332 units, representing 10.4% of all Camry models sold in the month. Sales of the Highlander Hybrid were down 28% to 1,892 units, representing 20.2% of all Highlanders sold.
Sales of the Lexus Rx 400h dropped 31% to 1,249 units, representing 17.6% of all Rx 350/400 models sold. The GS 450h racked up 160 units for 91.4% of all GS 430/450h models sold, and 10.2% of all GS models (including the GS 300).
|Hybrids as a component of brand sales. Click to enlarge.|
The Honda Civic Hybrid saw its sales climb 8% to 1,924 units, representing 9.6% of the entire range. Sales of the Accord Hybrid were down 60% to 312 units, or 1.0% of the Accord range.
Ford saw sales of its Escape and Mariner hybrids increase 26% to 1,696 units, representing 15.4% of the combined models.
Nissan’s new Altima Hybrid, on sale in only eight states, posted 206 units in its first month of sales. That represented 0.9% of all Altimas sold in all 50 states.
|Sales of hybrid cars. Click to enlarge.||Sales of hybrid SUVs. Click to enlarge.|
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