|New vehicle market share for reported hybrid sales. Click to enlarge.|
Reported US sales of hybrids in April climbed 46% to 39,898 units from April 2007. While April is the second-highest reported monthly total of hybrid sales, the increase in hybrid volume combined with the general decrease in light-duty vehicle sales (earlier post) pushed the new vehicle market share for hybrids past the 3% mark for the first time, to 3.2%. The results do not include hybrid sales from GM.
Sales of Toyota’s Prius were up 67% to 21,757 units. Toyota has now sold more than 680,000 Priuses in total in the US (more than 514,000 beginning in 2004), and will likely break the 700,000-unit mark next month.
|Reported US sales of hybrids. Click to enlarge.|
Camry Hybrid sold 6,678 units, up 51% from April 2007, representing 16.7% of all Camry models sold. The Highlander Hybrid sold 2,578 units, up 8% from last year, representing 25.8% of all Highlander models sold—the highest hybrid percentage of any brand with mixed conventional and hybrid powertrain models on the market.
The Lexus Rx 400h sold 1,624 units, up 17%, and representing 22.7% of Rx sales. The GS 450h posted 82 units, a drop of 53% from April 2007, representing 5.2% of GS sales. The top-end LS 600h sold 122 units, for 6.1% of all LS sales.
|Hybrid component of brand sales. Click to enlarge.|
The Honda Civic Hybrid posted 4,324 units, a 51% increase from April 2007, representing 12.7% of all Civic models sold. Sales of the Accord Hybrid dropped 92% from last April to 25 units, for 0.1% of all Accord sales.
Ford posted combined Escape and Mariner hybrid sales of 1,907 units, a 16% drop from last April, for 10.3% of all Escape and Mariner models sold.
Nissan sold 801 units of the Altima hybrid in its limited distribution, for 3.5% of all Altima sales.