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#19 of 119 Third strongest month EVER for USA Hybrid sales in June 2006
Jul 17, 2006 (7:54 am)
"US Sales of Hybrids Stay Strong in June 2006, Up 20% from 2005
3 July 2006
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Hybrids in the US had their second-strongest sales month of the year and third-strongest month ever, posting a total of 23,048 units, an increase of 20% from June 2005. May 2006 remains the peak month, with 23,554 units sold.
Total light-duty vehicle sales in the US declined 10.5% to 1.5 million units in June 2006 from 1.68 million units in June 2005, according to Autodata. Hybrids represented 1.54% of all US light duty vehicles sold in June 2006, up from 1.15% in June 2005.
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Toyota again led the way with ongoing strong sales of the Priusó 9,696 units, up slightly from June 2005 and its best performance of the year so far. The new Camry Hybrid followed as the second-best selling hybrid in the US, posting 4,268 units. In only its second full month of sales, the Camry Hybrid now represents 10.3% of the total brand sales.
The Highlander Hybrid stayed in its ongoing band of performance, with 2,705 units sold, and 25.9% of total brand sales."
#20 of 119 June & July
Jul 27, 2006 (9:32 am)
Sales are Hybrids increasing in 1 thing, but even if the sales of light duty vehicles in general declines, the share of Hybrids may increase.
Light duty vehicle sales declined 10 % in June mainly led by Truck sales decline. If Disposable income in people's pockets decline, they may simply continue with their older vehicles which may actually give better mileage since they are lighter than today's models.
Also people may wait for automakers to launch alternative fueled vehicles.
All these things may bring a radical change in automotive industry.
If June had 10 % decline, what about July with even higher gas prices.
#21 of 119 11,114 Priuses, 5023 TCHs sold in July
Aug 01, 2006 (12:37 pm)
TORRANCE, Calif., Aug. 1, 2006 -- Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported its all-time best-ever monthly sales of 241,826 vehicles, an increase of 16.2 percent over July 2005. Calendar-year-to-date (CYTD) sales total 1,465,368 units, up 10.8 percent over the same period last year.
"Market conditions are playing to traditional Toyota strengths of fuel efficiency, a strong passenger car offerings as well as our comprehensive hybrid lineup," commented Jim Lentz, TMS executive vice president. "We fared reasonably well in the tough truck market, where fuel costs and heavy incentives are ongoing challenges."
The Toyota Division posted its all-time best-ever sales month of 214,867, up 17.7 percent. The Lexus Division reported best-ever July sales with 26,959 units sold, an increase of 5.6 percent.
Toyota Division passenger cars recorded all-time best-ever monthly sales of 130,109, up 24.9 percent over the same period last year. Passenger car sales were led by the Corolla, which posted July sales of 41,800 and an increase of 42.3 percent over last July. The Camry Hybrid, which went on sale in late April, reported sales of 5,023 units in July. Total Camry enjoyed combined July sales of 41,892 units, up 1.3 percent. The all-new Yaris subcompact, which went on sale in March, posted sales totaling 10,137 units for the month. The Prius gas-electric hybrid mid-size sedan posted July sales of 11,114, an increase of 19.3 percent.
P.S. TMS calendar-year-to-date hybrid sales broke the 100,000-unit sales milestone, reporting 105,808 hybrid units. In July, hybrids sales totaled 20,298 units.
#22 of 119 Prius sales are 103 vehicles behind 2005 pace
Oct 03, 2006 (1:14 pm)
There was a "big naysayer" comment last month about how the Prius was a "whole 3 percent" below the 2005 sales figures.
As of the end of September, it's now 0.6 percent behind, or in total cars sold, 103 cars behind the 2005 pace.
I doubt it surpasses 2005 by very much, but I think it will.
#23 of 119 Re: Prius sales are 103 vehicles behind 2005 pace [larsb]
Oct 03, 2006 (1:53 pm)
Remember the rush to buy before the Federal Tax Credits expired helped them deplete standing inventories, and are not reflected in those figures, which won't be released until next month, or the end of Quarter.
#24 of 119 Re: Prius sales are 103 vehicles behind 2005 pace [larsb]
Oct 03, 2006 (3:31 pm)
I doubt it surpasses 2005 by very much, but I think it will.
What great incentive to buy a hybrid now? Cheap gas and no HOV stickers left. If they did not pass 2005 it could be Toyota holding back on manufacturing also. The statement was made that Toyota would sell 250,000 hybrids in 2006. I don't think it will be close to that.
#25 of 119 Re: Prius sales are 103 vehicles behind 2005 pace [gagrice]
Oct 03, 2006 (4:05 pm)
How funny human nature is, that we so easily forget the past, and consider only now.
You think there is "cheap" gas now? Simply because it has declined from $3.30 for regualr unleaded to $2.85
What was it one year ago? 18 months ago? Two years ago?
Saving even $50 per month is a big deal to most people. Hybrids save, no matter what the retail price of gasoline is, and no matter what, they will go farther on less gas, than anything else made for the mass market. Period.
As for HOV stickers, that depends upon where you live, and most quotas re-set in January elsewhere.
#26 of 119 Re: Prius sales are 103 vehicles behind 2005 pace [terry92270]
Oct 03, 2006 (4:42 pm)
Not sure where you are paying $2.85 for regular. Even in San Diego it is under $2.50 now and oil dropped into the $58 range today. There have been volumes written on whether you save any money buying a hybrid. You say yea, I say nay. It will be a long time before any real data will be available to sort it out. If there was to be a big year for hybrid sales this was it. Big tax breaks and HOV lane privileges. I agree that saving $50 a month is a lot for some. Is it enough to take on another payment for a more expensive vehicle? I don't think so. Or jam your teenagers into a Civic when they would be more comfortable in a larger vehicle. If you commute more than 50 miles a day I would probably recommend a hybrid. Otherwise I think they are a waste of money.
#27 of 119 Re: Prius sales are 103 vehicles behind 2005 pace [gagrice]
Oct 03, 2006 (5:57 pm)
We don't disagree. It is merely a matter of degree.
Gasoline in Reno, Nevada is still above $2.85, and that was the case last week in the Bay Area and Sacramento.
Highlander Limited Hybrids, as posted in this very forum, have been going for very little over $2000 over their ICE counterparts at dealers lately. As my Dad once told me while calling me an idiot for forgoing AC because of the price: "You're financing the car! How much, in the end, do you think that $600 for AC is really going to save you?". Even $3000 extra, over 60 months is $50 per month. So the minimum savings on gas washes the extra price in 5 years, and if a person drives 15-20K per year, or the price of gasoline really dives back upward again, the savings are very real indeed. And of course the Hybrid Highlander has more power than the ICE one.
Add in the intangibles, like being better for the environment and its cool tech display, it really isn't a big issue, the price. Besides, even Consumers Reports has reversed itself, and they once agreed with you.
#28 of 119 Civic Hybrid up 25.9 percent
Oct 04, 2006 (6:35 am)
Wednesday, 4 October 2006
Despite Oil Change Hybrids Sell
Topic: New Vehicles
Event though gas prices have fallen well below $3 in most of the country the top-selling hybrid models continue to move out of dealerships. Truck sales are still slipping, but not as badly as in the previous months. Perhaps consumers who are opting for fuel efficiency won't ever go back to larger vehicles.
A quick scan of the numbers from September:
Toyota boosted passenger car sales in September by 12.4 percent over last year, including a 23.1 percent jump in Prius' sales. Honda's best selling Civic Hybrid shot up 25.9 percent, while Honda car and light trucks rose 7.3 percent.
Hybrids still hot