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Buoyed by strong results for the Prius and the Camry hybrid, sales of hybrids in the US hit a new high in July, with 25,626 units sold—a 32% increase from July 2005.

Propelled by a sharp 29% drop in the sales of light-duty trucks and SUVs, total sales of light-duty vehicles in the US market fell 17.4% to 1,493,078 units in July 2006 from the prior year. Passenger car sales increased 0.6% in July from the year prior. Hybrids represented 1.7% of the total new light-duty vehicle market in July 2006.

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Toyota Prius sales cracked the 11,000 mark for the first time since April 2005, racking up 11,114 units sold. In its third full month of sales, the Camry hybrid posted 5,023 units, maintaining its new position as the second-best selling hybrid in the US behind the Prius. Hybrids represented 12.0% of all Camry models sold in the month. Overall, hybrids represented 8.4% of Toyota’s total light-duty vehicle sales in July.

The Highlander hybrid delivered a steady performance, with 2,784 units sold, up 8.6% from July 2005. Hybrids now represent 23.2% off all Highlanders sold. The Rx 400h hybrid posted 1,220 units—a sharp drop of 46% from its sales in July 2005. The hybrid represents 14.4% of combined Rx 350/Rx 400h sales.

The luxury GS 450h hybrid sold 157 units—52.5% of combined GS 430/GS 450h sales, and 7.6% of all GS model sales (GS 300, GS 430 and GS 450h).

Honda’s Civic Hybrid sold 2,673, an increase of 14.8% from July 2005. The hybrid represents 9.3% of all Civic models sold. Sales of the Accord hybrid continued at a much lower level relative to 2005, with 504 units sold—a decrease of 63.4% from July 2005. The Accord hybrid now represented 1.3% of all Accords sold in the month. Sales of the Insight were a strong 91 units—up 33.8% from 2005—as the model approaches its end. Hybrids represented 2.2% of all Honda light-duty vehicles sold in July.

Ford posted strong results for its Escape and Mariner hybrids, selling 2,060 units combined, an 81% increase from July 2005. The two hybrids now represent 14.1% of the model sales for the two marks. Overall, hybrids represented 0.9% of total Ford vehicle sales in July.

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Comments

Doug

I'm told around 50% of the Volkswagon sales in Canada are diesels and the diesel smarts are everywhere here on the west coast. JD Power may be onto something but both the US and Canada need to see more small diesel selection for it to make any impact.

Joseph Willemssen

Frankly, I would be more interested in the sales figures for high mpg vehicles in general, whether they be diesel, hybrid, or conventional. Progress is progress, regardless of the technology.

I took a look at all the MY2006-07 vehicles which have at least one model with combined EPA rating in excess of 30 mpg. Sales in that category were up 16.1% over last July, and since overall LDV sales were down 17.4%, the market share of such vehicles went from 8.6% last July to 12.1% this July.

Almost all of the increase in unit sales is attributable to 4 new vehicles in the category - Fit, Versa, Camry Hybrid, and Yaris - which had combined sales this July of 21,151 units.

http://www.snirt.com/sales_high_mpg_veh_0706.xls

t

Joseph. Thanks. Actually, this info is more encouraging than the hybrid figures.

Harvey D.

Doug:

Could you double check your diesel VW + other small cars sales figures for Canada? 50% seems to be way far off..... 5% (or less) would be more like it.

Wes

When is Nissan coming out with its hybrid and when does the Vue come out?

Fernando quick

Hybrids up 32% and gas guzzlers down 29% is good news. If this trend keeps up it will have a drastic effect on overall gas consumption within a few years.

PHEVs (big and small) will further cut sales of current gas guzzlers and could drastically reduce Oil imports.

good news.

Paul Dietz

So while overall fuel usage is lower, the price of diesel could spike under such a scenario.

The current price of diesel is unsustainably high. xTL sources will come online in increasing volumes if the price remains at or above current levels.

Mike

Wes, the Vue is coming out this fall and the Altima is due next year.

Max Reid

Sales of Hybrid Vehicles in 2006-YTD is
9,350 in 2000
20,287 in 2001
35,000 in 2002
47,525 in 2003
88,000 in 2004
205,749 in 2005
142,497 in 2006 (thru July)

http://www.hybridcars.com/sales-numbers.html

Max Reid

Sales of Hybrid Vehicles in 2006-YTD is
9,350 in 2000
20,287 in 2001
35,000 in 2002
47,525 in 2003
88,000 in 2004
205,749 in 2005
142,497 in 2006 (thru July)

http://www.hybridcars.com/sales-numbers.html

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