|Monthly US sales of hybrids. Click to enlarge.|
Sales of hybrid light duty vehicles rose 49% in June compared to the same month in 2006, reaching more than 34,300 units. Sales of GM hybrids are not included in the total, as the company does not yet break those out.
Although marking a decrease from the record-setting sales pace set in May, the sales results kept hybrids above the 2% mark in terms of new vehicle marketshare. Overall, sales of light duty vehicles in the US declined 3% in June from the prior year, with light truck sales decreasing 6% while passenger car sales increased 0.2%, according to Autodata.
|Hybrids represented at least 2.4% of the new vehicle market in June. Click to enlarge.|
Toyota maintained its leadership position in hybrids, with the Prius posting an 83% increase for the month compared to the prior year, with 17,756 units sold. The Camry Hybrid accounted for 5,530 units, up 30% from the year before and accounting for 12% of all Camry brand sales. The Highlander Hybrid posted 2,403 units, a decrease of 11% from the year before, and accounting for 21.4% of all Highlanders sold.
The Lexus Rx 400h sold 1,562 units, up 31% from the prior year, accounting for 16.7% of the combined Rx 350/400h models. The Lexus GS 450h sold 131 units, down 43% from the prior year and accounting for 93% of the combined GS 430/450h models. The GS 450h represented 6.5% of all GS model sales (including the GS 350).
|Hybrid share of brand sales. Click to enlarge.|
The Honda Civic Hybrid posted 3,246 units, up 25% from the year before and accounting for 8.9% of all Civic models sold. The Accord Hybrid posted 342 units, down 14% from the year before, and accounting for 1.2% of all the Accord models sold.
Ford’s sales of the Mariner and Escape hybrids rose 34% to 2,526 units, representing 11% of the combined sales of the brands.
The Nissan Altima posted 804 units, representing 3.1% of all Altimas sold.