After a trip to Russia last Wednesday and a thorough look at Japan on Monday, here I am again, annoying you with ever more worldwide car sale figures. This time let’s get back to basics and look at the best-selling hybrid/electric cars in the USA, a category up 75 percent year-on-year…
Can’t get your head around why you would buy cars that run on batteries? That’s ok, you can discover the best-selling models in 168 countries and territories in my blog and you’ll see most of them still are good old gas-guzzlers. Or today I can also offer you the Top 277 best-selling models in the USA over the first 9 months 2012…
Sales of Hybrid and Electric cars in the USA are up 75 percent year-on-year in September to 39,974 registrations, which brings the year-to-date total to 351,703 units, up 73 percent on 2011 and now reaching a 3.2 percent share 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…
Toyota/Lexus holds a huge 67 percent market share in this segment…
The Toyota Prius Hybrid leads the way by far with 13,914 sales, followed by the Toyota Camry hybrid up a huge 1517 percent year-on-year to 3,704 units, the Toyota Prius C at 3,366 sales and the Chevrolet Volt up 294 percent on September 2011 to 2,851 units.
The Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid is up to #7 with 1,656 sales or a 15 percent Hybrid ratio (vs. 7 percent year-to-date), ahead of the Toyota Prius Plug-in up to 1,652 units.
Top 10 best-selling Hybrid/Electric cars in the USA in September 2012:
|2||Toyota Camry Hybrid||3,704||11%||1517%||34,291||2||10|
|3||Toyota Prius c||3,366||100%||new||26,110||3||–|
|5||Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid||1,656||15%||new||12,976||7||33|
|6||Toyota Prius Plug-in||1,652||100%||new||7,720||12||–|
|7||Hyundai Sonata Hybrid||1,560||9%||-22%||15,781||5||2|
HR= Hybrid/Electric Ratio. Sales of the hybrid/electric version vs. overall sales of the model.
/11: Sales variation compared to September 2011. Pos: 2012 year-to-date ranking after 9 months. 2011: Full Year 2011 ranking.
The Lexus ES300h delivers the performance of the month: it lodges 1,414 sales or 63 percent of its 2012 total, making it nearly one in four ES sold this month in the country (22 percent Hybrid ratio vs. 6 percent year-to-date!). The Lexus CT200h is down to #9 while the Nissan Leaf seems to have slowed down its decline at just -5 percent year-on-year and up 4 spots on its year-to-date ranking to #10.
The Lincoln MKZ delivers the highest Hybrid ratio of all traditional models: 30 percent thanks to 781 units sold at #15.
The Buick Regal eAssist follows at 25 percent Hybrid ratio and #17 while the Lexus GS450h is up 294 percent to #22 and the Porsche Panamera reaches an exceptional 14 percent 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.
Full September 2012 Top 43 Ranking Table below.