October 5, 2006

Sales of hybrids drop in U.S. in September

Washington, D.C. – Sales of hybrid-powered vehicles in the U.S. dropped in September, according to the Green Car Congress, with a total of 23,301 units sold. That represented an increase of 21.5 per cent over September 2005, but a decrease of 11 per cent from August 2006. In September, hybrids represented 1.72 per cent of the total light-duty vehicle market in the U.S.

By contrast, total light duty vehicle sales in the U.S. decreased 1.9 per cent in September 2006 compared to September 2005; over that period, sales of light trucks increased 5.4 per cent, while passenger cars dropped 1.9 per cent.

In the U.S., Toyota sold 10,492 Priuses, an increase of 28 per cent from September 2005, but a decrease of 6 per cent from August 2006. Sales of the Camry Hybrid dropped 19 per cent from August 2006, with a total of 4,044 units. The two models together represented 62.4 per cent of all hybrids sold in September 2006.

Other hybrid sales in September 2006 were 2,347 Toyota Highlander Hybrids; 1,687 Lexus RX 400h models; 164 Lexus GS 450h models; 1,651 total of the Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner Hybrid (the Mariner is not sold in Canada); 2,508 Honda Civic Hybrids; 389 Honda Accord Hybrids; and 19 Honda Insights, a model that is being phased out.

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