December 7, 2007

U.S. sales of hybrids soar in November 2007 over 2006 figures

Washington, D.C. – Reported sales of hybrid vehicles in the U.S. rose 82 per cent in November 2007, compared to sales in November 2006, according to a report by the Green Car Congress. The figures do not include sales by General Motors, which does not break out its hybrid sales separately.

While total light-duty vehicle sales in the U.S. dropped 1.6 per cent in November 2007 compared to November 2006, to 1,179,848 vehicles, hybrid vehicles rose to 33,233 units, an increase of 82 per cent.

Toyota sold 16,737 Prius models, up 109 per cent from the year before; Camry Hybrid sold 5,118 units, up 65 per cent, and representing 14.5 per cent of all Camry models sold. The Highlander Hybrid came out of a slump of several months, to 2,577 units, an increase of 55 per cent over November 2006 and representing 20.9 per cent of all Highlander sales.

The Lexus RX400h rose 26 per cent, with 1,674 units sold, representing 20.8 per cent of all RX350/400h models sold. The Lexus 600h sold 170 units, or 6.4 per cent of all LS460/600h models. The GS450h sold 100 units, down 43 per cent from November 2006, representing 46.3 per cent of combined GS460/450h sales and 4.5 per cent of all GS models.

Ford sold 2,224 of its Escape and Mercury Mariner hybrids, representing a 50 per cent increase and 15.2 per cent of all Escape and Mariner sales.

The Honda Civic Hybrid sold 3,238 units, up 47 per cent from November 2006, and representing 12.9 per cent of all Civic sales in November 2007. The Accord Hybrid, discontinued for model-year 2008, sold 204 units, down 34 per cent, and representing 0.9 per cent of all Accord sales.

The Nissan Altima Hybrid posted its best month ever, at 1,191 units, representing 6 per cent of all Altima sales. The hybrid model is sold in only eight states.

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