Washington, D.C. – Reported hybrid sales in the U.S. increased by 5.2 per cent in June 2009 compared with June 2008, according to the Green Car Congress, significantly outperforming the total light-duty vehicle market, which dropped 27.7 per cent.

The total sales of 26,205 vehicles represented 3 per cent of all new vehicles sold, the highly monthly share since April 2008, and the fourth straight month of increasing share. For the first half of 2009, hybrids held 2.6 per cent of the new-vehicle market.

Toyota sold 16,744 hybrid vehicles in June, down 5.8 per cent from June 2008. The Prius, now available as a 2010 model, sold 12,998 units, up 10.5 per cent from June 2008.

The Camry Hybrid sold 2,093 units, marking 7.9 per cent of all Camry sales. It was down 31.5 per cent from the previous year, while conventional model sales were down 37 per cent. The Highlander Hybrid sold 1,098 units, down 27.3 per cent, while sales of the conventional Highlander rose by 8 per cent.

The Lexus RX hybrid sold 527 units, down 60.4 per cent, while sales of conventional RX models rose 52 per cent. The GS 450h hybrid dropped 63 per cent to 27 units, while the LS 600h dropped 57.5 per cent to 31 units. Conventional GS models were down 63 per cent, while conventional LS models were down 47 per cent.

Honda sold 3,662 hybrid units, up 34.5 per cent, led by the new Insight at 2,079 units sold. The Civic Hybrid sold 1,583 units, down 41.6 per cent, while conventional Civic models dropped 48 per cent from June 2008.

Ford sold 3,649 Ford Fusion and Mercury Milan hybrids, up 91 per cent from June 2008.

General Motors reported a total of 1,454 hybrid vehicles sold, up 26.5 per cent. The models include the Chevrolet Malibu, Saturn Aura, Saturn Vue, and Tahoe, Silverado, Yukon, Sierra and Cadillac Escalade two-mode hybrids.

Nissan sold 666 copies of the Altima Hybrid, down 50 per cent from June 2008. Sales of conventional Altima models were down by 32 per cent. The Altima Hybrid is sold in only 8 states.

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