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Toyota takes the lead in US November plug-in vehicle sales; LEAF in second, Volt third
3 December 2012
With Ford not having yet released the break-out of its C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid sales for the month, Toyota is in the lead for plug-in vehicle sales from the major automakers in November in the US, posting 1,766 units of the Prius PHV plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. From January through November, Toyota has sold 11,389 units of the Prius PHV in the US.
For November, the Nissan LEAF edged past GM’s Volt, posting 1,539 units (up 129% from November 2011) to the Volt’s 1,519 (up 33.4% from November 2011). January-November sales of the LEAF are 8,330, down 4.5% from 8,720 for the same period last year. January-November sales of the Volt are 20,828 units, up 239.1% from 6,142 units for the same period last year.
Toyota. Overall, Toyota sold 16,505 units of the entire Prius family in November, an 8.5% increase year-on-year. Of those, 8,925 were the Prius Sedan (54%); 2,690 were the Prius V (16.3%); and 3,124 (18.9%) were the Prius C. Prius PHV sales accounted for 10.7% of the total.
Toyota posted total November hybrid vehicle sales of 24,682—up 28.7% compared to the same period last year. The Toyota Division posted November sales of 20,958 hybrids, while Lexus Division reported sales of 3,724 hybrids for the month.
Total Toyota sales for November 2012 were 161,695 units, an increase of 17.2% compared to the same period last year on both a daily selling rate (DSR) and a raw volume basis.
Nissan. Total Nissan sales in November set a record for the month, with 96,197 units versus 85,182 units a year earlier, up 12.9%. Nissan Division set a new November record, with sales up 9.8% for the month over the prior year at 84,300 units. Sales of Infiniti vehicles were 11,897, up 41.2% over the prior year, also a November record.
GM. General Motors Co. reported its highest total November sales in the US since 2007, with deliveries up 3% versus a year ago to 186,505 vehicles. Year-over-year sales to retail customers were essentially equal to a year ago and sales to fleet customers were up 16%.
Ford. On Monday, Ford announced total C-MAX sales (hybrid and plug-in hybrid models combined) of 4,848 units; the break-out between conventional hybrid and plug-in hybrid sales, or the number of Focus Electric sales, are not yet available. The C-MAX Hybrid lineup gained 52% versus October, when the C-MAX Energi pug-in hybrid went on sale.
Overall, Ford reported total November sales of 177,673 vehicles—up 6% versus last year, with retail sales up 12%.
Honda. Honda placed 26 units of the Fit-EV in November, bringing the total for the year to 74 units.
Overall, American Honda reported a record for the month of November, with November 2012 US sales of 116,580 units, an increase of 38.9% compared with November 2011. The Honda Division posted November 2012 sales of 104,334 units, an increase of 41.0% compared with November 2011. Acura US November sales of 12,246 units represents an increase of 23.6% over November 2011.
Sales of all Honda hybrids (Civic, CR-Z, Insight, ILX) dropped 23.8% in November year-on-year to 1,186 units.
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