|Sales of hybrids in the US set a new high in May 2007. Click to enlarge.|
Sales of light-duty hybrid electric vehicles in the US set a new mark in May at more than 45,000 units sold, up 91% from May 2006. Those numbers do not include sales of GM hybrids, as GM does not yet break those figures out separately.
Overall, light duty vehicle sales in the US rose 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%. The combined hybrid sales from Toyota, Honda, Ford and Nissan represented 2.9% of new vehicle sales in May—the highest percentage yet.
|Hybrids hit a new mark for new vehicle penetration. Click to enlarge.|
Toyota accounted for the bulk of the May results with the Prius selling a record high 24,009 units and the Camry Hybrid selling a record 6,853 units. (Earlier post.) Toyota’s other hybrids, however, all declined relative to last May: 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).
Honda’s sales of the Civic Hybrid increased 56% to 4,520 units in May, representing 11.3% of all Civic models sold. Sales of the Accord Hybrid dropped 16% to 439 units, representing 1.4% of all Accord models sold in May. Honda has decided not to offer a hybrid version of its upcoming new Accord. (Earlier post.)
|Percentage change in sales, May 2007 from May 2006, by model. Altima Hybrid was not on the market in 2006, and the Insight is no longer in production. Click to enlarge.|
Ford’s hybrid Mariner and Escape had their second best month to date, with sales increasing 12% to 3,214 units representing 13.8% of all Mariner and Escape models sold.
Nissan turned in its best results yet for the Altima hybrid, with 821 units representing 3.4% of all Altima models sold. The Altima hybrid is on sale only in eight states.