Washington, D.C. – Reported U.S. sales of hybrids in February dropped 2.5 per cent from the same period in 2007, with 22,413 units sold, according to a report by the Green Car Congress. The results do not include sales from GM, which does not report its hybrids separately. Overall, light-duty vehicle sales in the U.S. dropped 6.3 per cent in February; the percentage of hybrids compared to overall sales fell slightly to 1.9 per cent.

Toyota sold 10,895 Prius units, down 10.9 per cent from 2007, while the Camry Hybrid sold 4,121 units, up 23.7 per cent from 2007 and representing 11.8 per cent of all Camry models sold. The Highlander Hybrid sold 1,938 units, up 2.4 per cent and representing 18.4 per cent of all Highlanders sold.

Lexus sold 1,148 RX 400h models, a decrease of 8.1 per cent from February 2007, and 16.5 per cent of combined RX 350/400h sales. The GS 450h sold 77 units, a drop of 51.9 per cent, and 34.8 per cent of combined GS 460/450h sales. The LS 600h sold 112 units, representing 5.9 per cent of combined LS 460/600h sales.

Honda sold 1,808 Civic Hybrids, a drop of 6 per cent and representing 7.6 per cent of all Civics sold. The Accord Hybrid, discontinued for 2008, posted 42 units, a drop of 86.5 per cent and 0.2 per cent of all Accord sales.

Ford posted combined sales of 1,743 units for the Escape and Mariner hybrids, up 2.8 per cent and representing 10.1 per cent of combined Escape and Mariner sales.

The Nissan Altima Hybrid, which is sold in limited distribution in the U.S., sold 529 units, up 156.8 per cent from February 2007 when it first went on sale, and representing 2.3 per cent of all Altima models sold.

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