Hybrids continue to outperform other sectors of the new vehicle market. Hybrid sales in the US in January 2006 almost doubled from January 2005 with a total of 15,868 units sold, compared to 8,455 the year before. By contrast, sales of total light duty vehicles in the US increased by 3% in January 2006 from the year before.
Hybrid sales from December 2005 to January 2006 dropped 13%. Total light duty sales dropped 26% in January 2006 from December 2005.
Toyota sold 7,654 units of the Prius, an increase of 38% over the same period last year. Both the Highlander and the Rx 400h had relatively lower results in the month, although since neither was on the market in January 2005, there is no basis for comparison.
The Rx 400h, however, posted its lowest results yet for the 10 months it has been on the market, dropping down to 1,477 units. The Highlander reported 2,263 units, an increase over its December 2005 results.
The new Honda Civic Hybrid had a very strong month, reporting 3,165 units sold—an increase of 171% over January 2005 and its strongest results since April 2005.
The Accord Hybrid posted its worst month yet, with only 351 units sold. The Insight stayed steady within its performance band, with 59 sales.
Ford is now opting to report the sales of its Escape and Mariner Hybrids as combined. The two together posted 899 units sold in January 2006—down 1% from the January 2005 total of 908 units (for the Escape hybrid alone).