May 4, 2007

U.S. hybrid sales up 26 per cent in April

Washington, D.C. – Reported U.S. sales of light-duty hybrid vehicles rose 26 per cent in April 2007 from April 2006 to 27,351 units, according to the Green Car Congress. While April sales dropped from the 34,000 units sold in March 2007, hybrids still represent more than 2.0 per cent share of the new vehicle market, the second month in a row for that level of penetration. Total light-duty vehicle sales dropped 7.6 per cent in the U.S. in April.

The results do not include hybrid vehicles sold by General Motors, as the company does not report them separately.

Toyota reported 13,056 units of the Prius sold, its second-strongest month ever and a 59 per cent increase from April 2006. The Camry Hybrid sold 4,410 units, the Highlander Hybrid 2,394 units, the Lexus RX 400h sold 1,384 units, and the GS 450h sold 174 units.

Honda sold 2,855 units of the Civic Hybrid, down 8 per cent from April 2006 and representing 9.8 per cent of total brand sales. It also sold 318 units of the Accord Hybrid, down 48 per cent from April 2006, and two of the discontinued Insight.

Ford reported its Escape and Mercury Mariner hybrids dropped 33 per cent to 2,275 units, while Nissan sold 483 of the Altima Hybrid, which is limited to eight states.

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