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After looking at the overall market, for the first time on BSCB we have a very close look at sales of Hybrid and Electric cars in the USA, and this over the first 8 months of the year. So many new models have been launched in the last 12 months in this category that this is a fast moving and indeed fascinating ranking. Sales of the 45 models listed in the table below the jump add up to 322,960, a 79% increase over the same period in 2011. No surprises on top: the Toyota Prius is in pole position, with sales up 62% year-on-year to 135,596 units, including the MPV version but excluding the Plug-in variant appearing at #13 with 6,068 sales.
In fact Toyota monopolises the podium, with the Toyota Camry hybrid lodging a very impressive performance: at 30,587 units year-to-date it multiplies its sales by five compared to last year, meaning 1 in 10 Camrys sold in the country are now hybrids… The Camry hybrid therefore becomes the best-selling hybrid version of any passenger car, a title that was held by the Hyundai Sonata hybrid last year (now #4). In third place we welcome the Toyota Prius c with an excellent 22,744 sales.
The Chevrolet Volt improves vastly, up 8 spots and 326% year-on-year to #5 with 13,497 sales and is followed by the Lexus CT200h up 68% but stable at #6 and 12,417 units and the Chevrolet Malibu hybrid at a robust 11,320 sales, a new entrant in the Top 10 at #7. That’s 7 hybrid/electric cars selling more than 10,000 units compared to just 3 last year!
Even though the eAssist technology is not as radical, it still qualifies as hybrid and the Buick LaCrosse eAssist lands directly at #8 with 8,649 sales or an impressive 21% of total LaCrosse sales. At #9, the Lexus RX450h accounts for a high 13% of all Lexus RX sales. Notice also the Kia Optima Hybrid at #11, up a massive 1638%, the Lincoln MKZ at a shiny 20% HR ratio and the Porsche Cayenne at a very respectable 9% HR.
There are not just good news in the Hybrid/Electric world, with the Honda Insight down from #2 to #14, the Nissan LEAF down from #9 to #15 and the Honda CR-Z down from #4 to #18. Finally, looking at this ranking it is no surprise that General Motors has decided to cancel its next generation hybrid truck/SUV program: the Chevrolet Silverado hybrid is down 43%, the Tahoe down 17% and both the GMC Yukon and Sierra are down 32%.
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Full 8 months 2012 Top 45 Ranking Table below.
USA August 2012 Hybrid/Electric cars:
|Pos||Model||8m 2012||/11||HR||8m 2011||Pos|
|2||Toyota Camry Hybrid||30,587||397%||11%||6,152||10|
|3||Toyota Prius c||22,744||new||100%||0||–|
|4||Hyundai Sonata Hybrid||14,221||18%||9%||12,042||3|
|7||Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid||11,320||n/a||7%||24||32|
|8||Buick LaCrosse eAssist||8,649||new||21%||0||–|
|10||Ford Fusion Hybrid||7,168||-10%||4%||7,996||5|
|11||Kia Optima Hybrid||7,005||1638%||7%||403||20|
|12||Toyota Prius Plug-in||6,068||new||100%||0||–|
|13||Honda Civic Hybrid||5,168||81%||2%||2,850||14|
|16||Lincoln MKZ Hybrid||4,218||8%||20%||3,898||11|
|17||Toyota Highlander Hybrid||3,969||24%||5%||3,207||12|
|19||Buick Regal eAssist||1,422||new||8%||0||–|
|20||Ford Escape Hybrid||1,248||-81%||1%||6,739||8|
|22||Porsche Cayenne S Hybrid||798||-29%||9%||1,123||16|
|24||Infiniti M Hybrid||433||117%||7%||200||25|
|26||Acura ILX Hybrid||395||new||9%||0||–|
|27||Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid||367||-43%||0%||645||17|
|28||Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid||346||-17%||1%||415||19|
|30||GMC Yukon Hybrid||333||-32%||2%||489||18|
|31||Porsche Panamera S Hybrid||323||new||6%||0||–|
|32||BMW 7 Series ActiveHybrid||218||-8%||3%||237||23|
|33||VW Touareg Hybrid||172||-44%||3%||308||22|
|34||Ford Focus Electric||169||new||0%||0||–|
|35||Smart Fortwo EV||136||55%||2%||88||29|
|36||GMC Sierra Hybrid||92||-32%||0%||135||27|
|37||Mazda Tribute Hybrid||90||-74%||18%||342||21|
|38||Nissan Altima Hybrid||89||-7%||0%||96||28|
|39||Mercedes S400 Hybrid||88||-60%||1%||222||24|
|41||BMW 5 Series ActiveHybrid||37||new||0%||0||–|
|42||Mercedes ML450 Hybrid||20||1900%||0%||1||33|
|43||Honda Fit EV||16||new||0%||0||–|
|44||BMW X6 ActiveHybrid||4||-89%||0%||35||31|
|45||Honda FCX Clarity||3||new||100%||0||–|
Source: Manufacturers, www.goodcarbadcar.net
HR: Hybrid/Electric ratio eg sales of the Hybrid/Electric version divided by overall sales of the model.