|Total reported hybrid sales by month. Click to enlarge.|
US sales of hybrids in January 2008 climbed 27.3% to 22,392 units, according to monthly sales reports from automakers. That number does not yet include hybrid sales figures from GM, who does not report them separately.
The reported sales of hybrids represented 2.14% of the more than 1.04 million new vehicles sold in the month. According to figures from Autodata, total new light-duty vehicle sales in January declined 4.2% year-on-year, with total passenger car sales declining 2.3% and total light truck sales dropping 6.1%.
|New vehicle market share of reported US sales of hybrids. Click to enlarge.|
Toyota’s Prius posted best-ever January sales of 11,379 units, an increase of 37.1% over last January. Camry Hybrid reported sales of 3,750 units in January, up 33.9% over January 2007, representing 11.9% of all Camry models sold. Highlander Hybrid reported sales of 2,143 units for the month, an increase of 18.4% over the year-ago month, representing 17.4% of all Highlander models sold.
The Lexus RX 400h hybrid luxury utility vehicle reported sales of 1,211 units for the month, a 2.7% drop from the year before, representing 17.9% of combined RX 350/400h sales. The LS 600h L hybrid luxury sedan posted sales of 105 units for the month, representing 5.5% of combined LS 460/600h sales. The GS 450h posted sales of 64 units, a decrease of 61.7% from the year before, representing 30.5% of combined GS 460/450h sales, and 4.3% of all GS model sales.
The Honda Civic Hybrid posted 1,745 units, a 2.1% decrease from January 2007, representing 8.2% of all Civics sold. The Accord Hybrid sold 48 units, a 80.6% decrease, representing 0.2% of all Accord models sold.
The Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner sold 1,474 units combined, a 19.1% increase, representing 10.9% of all Escape and Mariners sold.
The Nissan Altima sold 473 units in January 2008, representing 2.2% of all Altimas sold.
|Hybrid Sales as a Percentage of Total Light Vehicle Sales, January 2008|
|Company||Total LDV Sales||Hybrid Sales||% Hybrid Sales|