|Total monthly hybrid sales. Click to enlarge.|
Combined US sales of light-duty hybrids exceeded 17,591 units in January 2007, according to sales reports from automakers, up 11% from January 2006. (GM is not yet breaking out the sales of its hybrid models, and so GM results are not included in that figure). Hybrids represented 1.6% of all new light duty vehicle sales in January 2007, up from 1.4% in January 2006.
Sales of all light duty vehicles in the US for the month dropped 4.6% year-on-year, according to data from Autodata. Passenger car sales dropped 9.1% from the prior year, while light truck sales almost held steady, with only a 0.3% decrease.
|Hybrids as a percentage of LDV sales. Click to enlarge.|
Toyota accounted for more than 80% of the hybrids sold in the month. Prius sales reached 8,299 units, its best January showing yet, and up 8.4% from January 2006. The Camry Hybrid came in with 2,801 units, for 8.9% of total Camry sales. The Highlander hybrid posted 1,810 units—down 20% from January 2006, and representing 17.5% of brand sales.
The Lexus Rx 400h came in with 1,245 units, down 15.7% from January 2006, and representing 19% of combined Rx 350 and Rx 400h sales. The luxury GS 450h posted 167 units for 91.3% of combined GS 430 and 450h sales. The 450h accounted for 10.8% of all GS model sales (including the GS 300).
|Hybrids as a percentage of brand sales. Click to enlarge.|
Combined sales of Ford’s Escape and Mariner hybrids hit 1,238 units, up 37.7% from January 2006 and representing 11.2% of brand sales.
Sales of Honda’s Civic Hybrid Honda were 1,783 units, down sharply 43.7% from January 2006, and representing 9.7% of Civic sales. The Accord Hybrid posted 248 units, down 29.3% from January 2006 and representing only 1% of brand sales.