November 6, 2006

U.S. hybrid sales up 10.9 per cent year-on-year in October

Washington, D.C. – Sales of hybrids in the U.S. in October rose 10.9 per cent over October 2005, with 18,784 units sold, up from 16,934 in 2005, according to the Green Car Congress. The October 2006 numbers do not include the Saturn Vue Green Line hybrid, as General Motors is not yet releasing those results separately.

In October, hybrids represented 1.54 per cent of the new car market, an increase from the 1.48 per cent share in October 2005, but down from the 1.72 per cent share in September 2006.

Toyota sold 8,733 Priuses in October, a decrease of 12.1 per cent from October 2005, while the Camry Hybrid fell to 2,806 units, the lowest full-month total since the car was launched in April 2006.

Ford sold 1,602 units of its hybrid Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner (not sold in Canada), up 30.6 per cent from October 2005. Hybrids represented 13.6 per cent of all Escape and Mariners sold. Honda sold 2,288 Civic Hybrids, up 890 per cent from October 2005; the hybrid accounted for 10.7 per cent of all Civic models sold.

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