Hybrid car sales took off in July. Whether it was the Cash for Clunkers (CARs) program or if it was the Prius hitting its stride, the 34,660 units sold was 32.6% better than last July. Cumulative sales for 2009 are still down 27.8%. That makes July, 2009 the fifth best sales month for hybrids ever. Not since May, 2008 have the numbers been this good.
Ford sales were also way up, due to traffic from the Cash for Clunkers program (according to Ford). Fuel efficiency and hybrids were the mainstays for Ford posting a gain in year-to-year sales for the first time in a long time. Part of that is how badly sales were last July, but not everyone saw a gain (see Toyota), so anything positive for them is good news.
Nissan saw a year on year gain of 44% for the Altima Hybrid. Limited sales of the Altima Hybrid, available in only eight states, makes it hard to interpret their results. But it looks like fuel efficiency and the CARS program were a big bonus for Nissan as well.
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GM saw good gains this month, with the Tahoe/Yukon up 5.7%, while the Sierra/Silverado and Escalade had decent numbers (for them). Although limited in sales, these hybrid SUVs and trucks may be considered luxury vehicles, putting them in a different class for what is good sales figures.