Washington, D.C. – Reported sales of hybrids in the U.S. jumped 48.6 per cent in August 2009 when compared with August 2008, according to the Green Car Congress. Helped by the Cash for Clunkers program and the availability of more hybrids on the market, sales rose to 38,701 units in August, representing 3.07 per cent of all new vehicle sales in August. Overall sales of light-duty vehicles in the U.S. rose one per cent in August, to 1,261,977 units.

August sales of hybrids rose by 9.2 per cent over July 2009, while sales of all light-duty vehicles rose 26.5 per cent from July to August. In July, the market share of reported hybrid sales reached 3.55 per cent. Ford more than doubled its market share of hybrids, from 5.1 per cent in August 2008 to 12.1 per cent in August 2009, while Nissan rose from 1.7 per cent to 8.2 per cent. Toyota dropped from 75 per cent in August 2008 to 62.5 per cent in August 2009. Honda rose to 12.8 per cent from 11.9 per cent the year before, while GM dropped to 4.4 per cent in 2009 from 6.3 per cent in August 2008.

Toyota remained the hybrid leader, selling 24,191 vehicles, including 543 of the new Lexus HS250. The Prius posted 18,886 units, up 40.3 per cent from August 2008. The Camry Hybrid dropped 38.8 per cent to 2,114 units, while sales of all Camry models increased 23.4 per cent to 54,396 units. The Highlander Hybrid was down 31.9 per cent to 836 units.

The Lexus RX hybrid rose 37.4 per cent to 1,754 units, while sales of all RX models increased 3.9 per cent to 9,317 units. The GS hybrid rose 37.1 per cent, to 48 units; sales of all GS models were down 60.3 per cent, to 669 units. The LS 600h was down 86 per cent to 10 units in August, while sales of the LS overall were down 50.3 per cent to 880 units.

Honda sold 4,943 hybrids in August; 85.5 per cent of them were the new Insight, at 4,226 units. The Civic Hybrid sold 717 units, down 77 per cent, while sales of all Civic models rose 44 per cent in August. The Civic was one of the top ten new vehicles purchased under the Cash for Clunkers program, along with the Honda Fit and Accord.

Ford sold a combined 4,695 of its Ford Fusion and Escape, and Mercury Milan and Mariner hybrids, up 251 per cent from August 2008 and a sales record for August. The hybrid Escape and Mariner were up 57.1 per cent to 2,012 units, while the Fusion and Milan hybrids posted 2,5693 units.

Nissan sold 3,164 units of the Altima hybrid, which is sold in only eight states, an increase of 615.8 per cent in August 2008.

General Motors reported a total of 1,708 hybrids delivered in August, an increase of 4.8 per cent from August 2008. Overall, GM light-duty vehicle sales were down 20.1 per cent to 245,550 units in August.

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