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Hybrid Car Review: US Hybrid sales doubled last year

Thursday, May 04, 2006

US Hybrid sales doubled last year

According to research by R.L. Polk & Co., 199,148 new hybrid vehicles were registered in 2005, a 139 percent increase from the year before. A record number of hybrids were sold in the US in 2005.

Most of the hybrids sold were from Toyota/Lexus, who accounted for 70% of the hybrid market. Ford had less than 10%, while Honda took the rest. Toyota's main success came from the Toyota Prius, which accounted for more than half of the hybrids sold, all by itself.

Registrations for new hybrids rose to 199,148 in 2005, a 139 percent increase from the year before, as more models came on the market, according to R.L. Polk & Co., a Southfield, Mich.-based firm that collects and interprets automotive data. The Lexus RX400h and hybrid versions of the Toyota Highlander and Mercury Mariner were among the new models from which consumers had to choose.

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