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USA September 2012 Hybrid & Electric cars: Lexus ES shoots up

One in 4 Lexus ES sold in the US this month is a hybrid

* Now including Ford C-Max sales figures *

* See the Top 44 best-selling models by clicking on the title! *

After looking at overall September and 9 months 2012 US models ranking, let's get into sales of Hybrid and Electric cars as this segment is the fastest growing in the country: up 79% year-on-year in September to 40,943 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 352,672 units, up 74% on 2011 and now reaching 3.2% of the total market. In other words, if all Hybrid and Electric car sales were one model it would rank #2 behind only the Ford F-Series... Note Toyota/Lexus holds a huge 67% market share in this segment...

Toyota Prius Plug-in

The Top 4 best-sellers are unchanged vs. the 2012 year-to-date ranking: the Toyota Prius Hybrid leads the way by far with 13,914 sales, followed by the Toyota Camry hybrid up a huge 1517% year-on-year to 3,704 units, the Toyota Prius C at 3,366 sales and the Chevrolet Volt up 294% to 2,851 units. It's below that the ranking gets a little crazy. The Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is up to #7 with 1,656 sales or a 15% Hybrid ratio (vs. 7% year-to-date), ahead of the Toyota Prius Plug-in up to 1,652 units.

Ford C-Max

The Lexus ES300h delivers the performance of the month: it lodges 1,414 sales or 63% of its 2012 total, making it nearly one in 4 ES sold this month in the country (22% Hybrid ratio vs. 6% year-to-date!). The Lexus CT200h is down to #9 while the Nissan Leaf seems to have slowed down its decline at just -5% year-on-year and up 4 spots on its ytd ranking to #10.

A significant newcomer appears in the ranking this month: the Ford C-Max, used to ranking high in Europe but only launched now in the USA as a hybrid-only vehicle. It sells 969 units in September, landing directly at #11.

Nearly 1 in 3 Lincoln MKZ sold in the US this month is a hybrid

The Lincoln MKZ delivers the highest Hybrid ratio of all traditional models: 30% thanks to 781 units sold at #15, vs. 21% ytd. The Buick Regal eAssist follows at 25% and #17 while the Lexus GS450h is up 294% to #22 and the Porsche Panamera reaches an exceptional 14% Hybrid ratio. There are no less than 3 newcomers in the ranking this month: the Toyota RAV4 EV lands #26 with 61 sales, the Audi Q5 Hybrid is #31 at 25 units and the BMW 3 Series ActiveHybrid is #37 with 13 sales.

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  1. October 21st, 2012 at 03:49 | #1

    I thought sales of the Tesla Model S started in late July – didn’t any get sold in September?

    Or are they not counted on this list for some reason?


  2. October 18th, 2012 at 15:59 | #2

    I don’t see the Prius V in the list Matt. Do you know why?

    • matgasnier
      October 18th, 2012 at 17:14 | #3

      Hi Craig,
      Yep that is correct – for the month of September Toyota didn’t split sales of the Prius V so they are counted within the Prius figure. Hopefully we’ll get the full detail for the next couple of months’ results…

  3. Jesse
    October 17th, 2012 at 14:48 | #4


    In the US, all C-Max cars are hybrids. They just launched the standard hybrid at the end of last month and will start selling a plug-in hybrid, “C-Max Energi”, in the next couple of months.




    “In Europe, Ford sells the C-Max—it’s basically a tall wagon version of the Ford Focus—with a choice of two gasoline engines and two diesels. But Ford wants Americans to associate the C-Max exclusively with hybrid technology, so the C-Max will come to these shores only as a hybrid, with fuel-economy ratings of 47 mpg in the city and 47 mpg on the highway.”

    Car and Driver article, second paragraph

    Hope that helps. Also it seems the C-Max and Fusion hybrids are coming to Europe too according to Ford of UK. Don’t know when though. Hopefully they do better than the Prius over there, for Ford’s sake.

    • matgasnier
      October 17th, 2012 at 14:59 | #5

      Great thanks for this Jesse.

  4. Jesse
    October 17th, 2012 at 06:18 | #6

    Where is the Ford C-Max? It sold 969 units in September.

    • matgasnier
      October 17th, 2012 at 11:25 | #7

      Hi Jesse,
      Could you please confirm that all C-Max sold in the US are hybrids?

  5. Alex
    October 9th, 2012 at 10:36 | #8

    I don’t think the MKX has a hybrid version, I think it should be the MKZ

    • matgasnier
      October 9th, 2012 at 11:22 | #9

      Thanks for picking this up Alex, the table did say MKZ so you are right – article now amended!

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