June 4, 2007

Toyota hybrid sales more than doubled in May in U.S., report says


Honda Accord Coupe Concept
Honda Accord Coupe Concept. Click image to enlarge


Washington, D.C. – Toyota posted record sales of hybrids in the U.S. in May 2007, as reported in the Green Car Congress, with combined sales of 36,101, up 110 per cent from May 2006. The Prius sold 24,009 units, the model’s highest monthly sales figure yet and almost triple the figure from May 2006, while the Camry Hybrid’s 6,853 units also set a sales record, up 126 per cent from May 2006.

The company also sold 3,312 Highlander Hybrids (down 12 per cent), 1,746 Lexus RX400h units (down 13 per cent) and 181 GS 450h units (down 38 per cent).

Overall, Toyota’s calendar year-to-date U.S. hybrid sales have totalled 119,154 units, an increase of 75 per cent over the same period last year. In May 2007 alone, combined sales for Toyota, Honda, Ford and Nissan accounted for 45,095 units, or 2.9 per cent of the month’s overall new-vehicle sales, which the report says is the highest percentage yet. General Motors does not release its hybrid numbers separately.

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