Toyota More Than Doubles US Sales of Hybrids in May
1 June 2007
|Toyota total US hybrid sales by month. Click to enlarge.|
Toyota posted record sales of hybrids in the US in May 2007, with 36,101 units sold, up 110% on an unadjusted basis (total units sold, not adjusted to a day sales rate) from May 2006. The increase is based entirely on sales of the Prius and Camry Hybrid.
The Prius posted 24,009 units sold—the model’s highest monthly sales yet and almost triple the figure from May 2006. This represents 66.5% of all Toyota hybrids sold in the month. The Camry Hybrid also set a sales record of 6,853 units in May, up 126% from May 2006. The Camry Hybrid has been on the market since April 2006.
|Toyota hybrid sales by model. Click to enlarge.|
Other results for May included 3,312 Highlander Hybrids (down 12% from May 2006); 1,746 Lexus Rx 400h units (down 13% from May 2006); and 181 GS 450h units (down 38% from May 2006).
Overall, Toyota’s calendar-year-to-date US hybrid sales have totaled 119,154 units, an increase of 75% over the same period last year. Although GM doesn’t yet release its numbers, the combined hybrid sales from Toyota, Honda, Ford and Nissan already account for 45,095 units, which by themselves account for 2.9% of new vehicle sales in May—the highest percentage yet.
Totoal US light-duty vehicle sales increased 5% in May 2007 compared to the prior year, according to Autodata. Sales of passenger cars increased 6.1%, while sales of light-duty trucks increased 3.9%.
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