Hybrid car sales were up by 82% from last November with a total of 33,233 units sold. Ford, Toyota, and Honda all saw big increases with their biggest sellers. Nissan posted their biggest sales month yet after releasing the Altima Hybrid in February.
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Year to date sales are also up by 34%. Hybrid sales had been down for the first time in August and in September, but jumped up by 30% last month. Accord and Highlander Hybrid sales continue to suffer, year to date, but the top four sellers; Prius, Camry, Civic and Escape/Mariner are all up for the year.
The two months of decreases could be from the changeover in model years, which was especially affecting the Highlander Hybrid. Sluggish sales of the Civic Hybrid contributed as well. But high gas prices have most likely contributed to the quick bounce back.
Toyota continues its dominance of the hybrid car market. 1 out of every 2 hybrids sold last month was a Prius. 4 out of every 5 were from Toyota or Lexus. The other players so far have had limited choices. Honda has retired the Insight and will soon retire the Accord, while Nissan limits sales of the Altima Hybrid to only eight states. Ford also suffers from lack of variety, with only the Escape/Mariner (and soon to be Mazda Tribute) for sale. In other words, they are all the same car with different badging.
GM hybrid car sales (Vue and Aura Hybrids) are not shown for two reasons. First, they don't break out their numbers and second, both cars are considered 'mild' hybrids.
Hybrid Car Sales, October 2007
Hybrid Car Sales, November 2006