January 5, 2007
U.S. hybrid sales rise 22 per cent in 2006
Washington, D.C. – Sales of hybrid vehicles in the U.S. rose 24 per cent in December 2006 compared to December 2005, for a total year-over-year increase of 22 per cent, according to a report from the Green Car Congress. There were 22,625 vehicles sold in December 2006, and a total of more than 251,000 units throughout 2006 (the figures do not include the Saturn Vue Green Line hybrid).
In 2006, hybrids represented 1.5 per cent of the light duty vehicle market, up from 1.2 per cent in 2005.
Toyota led in December with 9,291 Prius models sold in December, up 2.9 per cent from December 2006; 4,005 Camry Hybrids, representing 10.1 per cent of all Camry models sold; and 2,354 Highlander Hybrids, up 7.1 per cent from December 2005, and representing 20.1 per cent of all Highlanders. Lexus sold 1,981 RX 400h models, down 8.8 per cent from December 2005, and 252 GS 450h models. Overall, Toyota’s hybrid sales represented more than 75 per cent of the total hybrid market in 2006.
Ford sold 1,968 units of its Escape and Mariner hybrid models in December 2006, a 26.9 per cent increase over December 2005, which represents 11.2 per cent of the combined sales of both models.
Honda sold 2,408 Civic Hybrids in December, down 4.7 per cent from December 2005 and representing 12.0 per cent of all Civics sold. There were also 363 Accord Hybrids sold, down 49.6 per cent from December 2005, and representing 1.6 per cent of total Accord sales. The Insight, now discontinued, sold three units.