October 4, 2007

Reported sales of hybrids drop 1.9 per cent in September in the U.S.

Washington, D.C. – Reported sales of hybrids in the United States dropped by 1.9 per cent in September 2007, compared to September 2006, according to a report by the Green Car Congress. Overall, light duty vehicle sales in the U.S. dropped 3 per cent. Reported sales were 22,859 hybrids in September.

Overall, hybrids made up 1.75 per cent of total new vehicle sales; in August 2007, hybrid share dropped below 2 per cent for the first time since February 2007.

Honda dropped 20 per cent to 2,321 units, with the Civic Hybrid down 16.6 per cent year-on-year, and the Accord Hybrid down 41.1 per cent year-on-year. Toyota dropped 3 per cent overall to 18,130 units, with losses mainly among SUVs, but the Prius enjoyed its best September ever, with 12,494 units, an increase of 19.1 per cent year-on-year. The Camry Hybrid sold 4,196 units, up 3.8 per cent year-on-year.

The Lexus GS 450h sold 72 units, the Lexus LS 600h L 196 units, while the Highlander Hybrid sold 193 units, a drop of 91.8 per cent, and the RX 400h dropped 42 per cent to 979 units from September 2006.

Ford sold 1,652 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner hybrids, one unit more than in 2006, while Nissan, which sells hybrids in eight states, sold 756 Altima Hybrid models. General Motors does not report its hybrid sales separately.

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