Hybrid car sales are suffering under the current economic climate. Sales were down over 50% from last year. The total number is somwhere in the range of hybrid car sales from 2005.
Some of that is due to last November being one of the best sales months for hybrids and some of it is due to the lowering of gas prices. But most of it is due, I believe, to the current economic climate. I spoke just the other day about why I believe Prius sales were down this month, but I would like to point out a few things.
There were no bright spots in the sales numbers this month. Although the Prius outsold all of the other hybrid vehicles combined, Ford may be the happiest, since their sales were only down by 39%.
Sales numbers for the year are still ok, but it's not looking like next year will be better. Honda is still up 3% for the year with their Civic Hybrid, and Nissan is also up 9%. But the Nissan numbers are a little deceiving since the Altima Hybrid began sales in February of last year.
Only two other notes. The beginning of reported sales from Chrysler was not exactly auspicious with only 35 Aspen and Durango Hybrids sold. But that's OK since the Aspen and Durango have already been retired this coming month. The Vue Hybrid sales (not reported) accounted for almost 10% of all Vue sales. Perhaps that's a good indication that mild hybrids are worth the extra money to some?
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Hybrid Car Sales, October 2008
Hybrid Car Sales, November 2007