Nikkei. Combined sales of Toyota and Honda hybrid-electric vehicles in Japan rose to 51,758 units in the first half of 2008—a 21.5% increase compared to the same period last year.
With fuel economy an issue amid skyrocketing gasoline prices, sales of the gasoline-electric vehicles are poised to top 100,000 units on an annual basis in Japan for the first time this year.
The Prius posted 35,507 units in the six-month period, an increase of 23.3% from 2007, and representing a 69% marketshare. Toyota’s newly resigned Crown Hybrid (earlier post) sold 2,942 units. Toyota also sells the GS 450h, LS 600h, and hybrid versions of the Harrier (Rx 400h), Kluger (Highlander), Estima, Alphard, Dyna, Toyoace, and Coaster in Japan.
Sales of the Honda Civic Hybrid for the period reached 2,160 units, up 3.8%