Washington, D.C. – Reported U.S. sales of light-duty hybid vehicles dropped 29 per cent in February 2009, compared with February 2008, according to the Green Car Congress. Overall, light-duty vehicle sales dropped by 41 per cent.

Sales in February were 16,020 hybrids, representing 1.9 per cent of new vehicle sales for the month. Overall, hybrid sales represented 2.3 per cent of the new-vehicle market.

Toyota sold 7,232 units of the Prius, down 33.6 per cent from February 2008. Camry Hybrid sold 2,080 units, down 49.5 per cent, and representing 10.1 per cent of all Camry models sold. The Highlander Hybrid sold 956 units, down 50.7 per cent, for 19.1 per cent of all Highlander models sold.

The RX 400h was up 30.8 per cent, with 1,502 units sold, representing 24.2 per cent of all RX models. The GS 450h sold 22 units, down 71.4 per cent, and 3.7 per cent of all GS models. The LS 460h L also sold 22 units, a drop of 80.4 per cent and 3.1 per cent of all LS models sold.

General Motors sold 1,807 hybrids in February, with the Tahoe, Yukon and Escalade two-mode SUVs posting a combined 632 units, or 8.4 per cent of all combined model sales. The two-mode Sierra and Silverado pickups sold 47 units, or 0.2 per cent of all combined models. The Saturn Vue hybrid sold 188 units, or 6.4 per cent of all Vue models sold. The Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid sold 197 units, or 1.7 per cent of all Malibu models, while the 23 Saturn Aura Hybrid models sold represented 1.5 per cent of all Aura sales.

Honda sold 1,362 units of the Civic Hybrid, down 24.7 per cent from February 2008, and 8.7 per cent of all Civic models sold.

Ford sold 1,294 units of the combined hybrid Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner (a model not sold in Canada), representing 11.2 per cent of all combined models.

Nissan reported sales of 463 Altima Hybrid models, a 12.5 per cent drop, and representing 2.9 per cent of all Altima models sold. The hybrid version is only available in eight states.

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