A few months ago, I put together a list of the 82 most fuel efficient cars in 2008 according to the EPA ratings. It's a very simple list, just an inventory of all vehicles getting a combined 25 mpg or more.
A recent story at autonews talks about a few small cars and how sales are skyrocketing in the small car segment. They concentrated on the subcompacts: Fit, Yaris, Aveo, Rio, and Cooper, all of which showed double digit (percentage) growth.
But that left me wondering about all the other fuel efficient cars out there, including hybrids of course. So, I gathered together the list of fuel efficient vehicles and then found their sales numbers and saw something amazing. Even as the overall car sales dropped 2.3%, the 'fuel efficient segment' grew over 15%.
Obviously, not all of the vehicles in my list were up. I've highlighted those that were down in red, including the Civic Hybrid, Elantra, Mazda 3, Altima, Sentra, and Corolla/Matrix.
But the rest were up, some by quite remarkable numbers. The Honda Fit, for instance, jumps out at you with 120% increase in sales. The Chevy Malibu saw a huge gain with a new release and a huge advertising push and the Ford Focus is also benefiting from the high cost of gas.
Want more? Check out the latest hybrid cars sales from January, 2008.
Let me know what you think about these numbers in the comments below.