April 2016 Dashboard

The HybridCars.com monthly sales Dashboard is a collaboration of HybridCars.com and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues including the hybrid and electric vehicle market.

Overall passenger vehicle sales for April were up from a year ago although down modestly from March.

For April and for year-to-date, hybrids were down from year-ago volumes, but battery electrics and plug in hybrids were up. Of course, the VW diesel fiasco continues to decimate the diesel category with a resolution coming, but still barely visible.

Full electric vehicle sales were down from last month on the basis of the Tesla Model S and the Nissan Leaf. As usual, sales of the Model S and Model X were estimated and there were production and quality issues during the month (making sales estimates more difficult than usual), even as availability of the Model X continues to improve. The BMW i3 had a good month, contrary to the last several months. Production of the Leaf was down in March, which led to poor availability in April and therefore low sales. The Leaf seems to be at a disadvantage at this point as forthcoming products with higher range are generating interest. While the Leaf will have more range in its next iteration, the expected timing is late 2017 or early 2018 which of course is later rather than sooner. The increase in range to 107 miles in the current version appears not to have won many sales.

SEE ALSO: March 2016 Dashboard

Plug-in hybrids grew on the strength of the category leaders, the Chevrolet Volt and The Ford Fusion Energi. The Volt had a strong month and production remains in line for annualized sales of 20,000 to 25,000. The BMW X5 is a new product that is selling relatively well, hitting a highest ever 655 in April. While the BMW 3-Series Plug in launched in March, sales were not available until this month and volumes for both March and April have been included.

Hybrid sales were in line with last month and higher in share than in previous months of this year. Prius Liftback sales were above last month and in line with last April, although this should be considered a poor result since the model has been updated recently. Additional availability should result in higher sales going forward. Year-to-date, the Prius Liftback is down 6.5 percent from year-ago. The new RAV4 Hybrid continues to do well, although sales were poor for both the Prius C and Prius V in April. The Lexus RX 450h hybrid has been selling well recently, along with the Highlander Hybrid, as both are enjoying the success accorded to crossovers. Of course, Toyota continues to pace the hybrid segment, with Toyota and Lexus nameplates continuing to account for almost three-quarters of sales.

Although VW has reached a tentative settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the California Air Resources Board, the specifics remain unclear (due in part to requirements from a court order). It appears that we are still months away from a final settlement and as a part of that, still months away from the sale of new vehicles from VW, Audi, and Porsche with diesel engines. FCA’s diesel products, namely the Ram Pickup, ProMaster, and Grand Cherokee represent almost two-thirds of the segment, which of course is far different than the norm, since VW is out of the market. Volumes on the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon diesels continue to grow. If we look at the diesel segment and exclude all VW Group products, year-to-date sales are down 9%.

We have added fuel cell electric vehicles to the Dashboard this month, although volumes are of course very modest. The products are available only in California and are dependent on the development of refueling infrastructure which is clearly a work in progress.

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April 2016 Hybrid Car Sales Numbers

Hybrids sold in the U.S. (April 2016): 28,988
Hybrid Take-Rate: 1.94%

U.S. Hybrid sales for April 2016

MfrModel 4-16 Sales vs. 3-16 vs. 4-15 CY 2016 CY 16 vs 15 CY 2015 Current Month US Share
ToyotaPrius Liftback 8,923 9.8%1.1% 30,555 -6.5% 32,693 30.78%
ToyotaRAV4 3,807 23.9%N/A 11,315 N/A - 13.13%
FordFusion Hybrid 2,035 -1.1%11.8% 7,229 -15.5% 8,552 7.02%
ToyotaCamry Hybrid 1,975 13.1%-25.5% 6,576 -31.8% 9,642 6.81%
HyundaiSonata 1,788 -5.1%-27.9% 6,224 -5.0% 6,551 6.17%
ToyotaPrius C 1,676 -35.7%-52.4% 8,309 -33.0% 12,402 5.78%
FordC-Max Hybrid 1,621 48.4%31.0% 4,230 7.5% 3,934 5.59%
ToyotaPrius V 1,322 -0.7%-46.3% 4,970 -43.1% 8,741 4.56%
LexusRX 400 / 450 h 899 1.5%82.7% 3,327 54.9% 2,148 3.10%
ToyotaAvalon Hybrid 715 -7.9%-21.1% 2,664 -25.7% 3,584 2.47%
LexusES Hybrid 700 -21.7%-11.3% 2,849 -15.4% 3,369 2.41%
LincolnMKZ 613 0.8%-24.3% 2,297 -7.2% 2,475 2.11%
LexusCT200h 577 -40.6%-50.7% 2,933 -35.8% 4,569 1.99%
KiaOptima Hybrid 483 10.8%-45.9% 1,774 -47.8% 3,397 1.67%
ToyotaHighlander Hybrid 442 -10.2%44.9% 1,705 51.7% 1,124 1.52%
SubaruXV Crosstrek Hybrid 303 -7.9%-45.1% 1,171 -46.8% 2,200 1.05%
HondaCR-Z 253 55.2%17.1% 736 -12.6% 842 0.87%
LexusNX Hybrid 222 -11.6%5.7% 954 25.2% 762 0.77%
InfinitiQ50 Hybrid 147 -56.1%-50.8% 859 -36.4% 1,351 0.51%
BuickLacrosse Hybrid 115 38.6%-78.3% 403 -78.4% 1,868 0.40%
HondaCivic Hybrid 92 -44.6%-76.2% 562 -60.3% 1,415 0.32%
InfinitiQX60 Hybrid 66 -66.2%-61.2% 517 -23.2% 673 0.23%
NissanPathfinder Hybrid 56 -35.6%-66.5% 280 -65.9% 821 0.19%
VolkswagenJetta Hybrid 46 -2.1%12.2% 178 3.5% 172 0.16%
HondaAccord Hybrid 29 -43.1%-97.4% 219 -94.1% 3,703 0.10%
AcuraRLX Hybrid 19 0.0%26.7% 50 -26.5% 68 0.07%
LexusGS 450h 16 100.0%33.3% 34 -12.8% 39 0.06%
BuickRegal Hybrid 14 100.0%-50.0% 31 -61.7% 81 0.05%
InfinitiQ70 Hybrid 11 -8.3%-26.7% 43 -38.6% 70 0.04%
HondaInsight 9 350.0%-95.1% 30 -96.4% 826 0.03%
LexusLS 600h 5 25.0%0.0% 14 -41.7% 24 0.02%
ChevroletImpala Hybrid 3 -25.0%-93.9% 23 -80.2% 116 0.01%
AudiQ5 Hybrid 2 -60.0%-71.4% 10 -70.6% 34 0.01%
BMW ActiveHybrid 5 (535ih) 2 100.0%100.0% 4 0.0% 4 0.01%
AcuraILX Hybrid 1 N/A-50.0% 1 -92.9% 14 0.00%
ChevroletMalibu Hybrid 1 -50.0%-75.0% 3 -88.5% 26 0.00%
BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (335ih) - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 9 0.00%
BMW 7-Series ActiveHybrid - N/AN/A 1 -88.9% 9 0.00%
Cadillac Escalade Hybrid - N/AN/A - -100.0% 4 0.00%
ChevroletSilverado Hybrid - N/AN/A - -100.0% 2 0.00%
ChevroletTahoe Hybrid - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 4 0.00%
GMC Yukon Hybrid - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 8 0.00%
GMC Sierra Hybrid - N/AN/A - N/A - 0.00%
LexusHS 250h - N/AN/A - N/A - 0.00%
MercedesE400H - -100.0%N/A 2 -95.7% 46 0.00%
MercedesS400HV Hybrid - N/AN/A - -100.0% 1 0.00%
Mercedes ML450H - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 4 0.00%
NissanAltima Hybrid - N/AN/A - N/A - 0.00%
PorscheCayenne Hybrid - N/AN/A - N/A - 0.00%
PorschePanamera S Hybrid - N/AN/A - N/A - 0.00%
VolkswagenTouareg Hybrid - N/AN/A - -100.0% 6 0.00%
Total Hybrid 28,988 0.8%-10.5% 103,082 -12.9% 118,383
Total Auto Sales 1,497,232 -5.6%3.4% 5,559,401 3.2% 5,387,804
Overall Hybrid Take Rate1.94%1.85%2.20%

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April 2016 Plug-in Hybrid Car Sales Numbers

Plug-in Hybrids sold in the U.S. (April 2016): 5,842
Plug-in Hybrid Take-Rate: 0.39

U.S. Plug-in Hybrid sales for April 2016

MfgrModel 4-16 Sales vs. 3-16 vs. 4-15 CY 2016 CY 16 vs 15 CY 2015 Current Month U.S. Share
ChevroletVolt 1,983 6.3%119.1% 5,970 114.8% 2,779 33.94%
FordFusion Energi 1,331 7.5%87.2% 4,082 58.4% 2,577 22.78%
BMWX5 655 109.3%N/A 1,494 N/A - 11.21%
FordC-Max Energi 607 -0.5%9.8% 2,057 -4.8% 2,161 10.39%
AudiA3 Plug In 321 -3.3%N/A 1,228 N/A - 5.49%
HyundaiSonata Plug In 250 -9.1%N/A 900 N/A - 4.28%
PorscheCayenne S E-Hybrid 237 -2.9%169.3% 799 128.9% 349 4.06%
VolvoXC90 Plug In 150 -15.7%N/A 730 N/A - 2.57%
BMWi8 130 46.1%-5.8% 305 -36.3% 479 2.23%
CadillacELR 95 -8.7%-8.7% 357 -14.0% 415 1.63%
MercedesS550 Plug In 29 141.7%N/A 96 N/A - 0.50%
BMW3-Series Plug in 25 -13.8%N/A 54 N/A - 0.43%
PorschePanamera S E-Hybrid 25 8.7%-16.7% 108 -38.3% 175 0.43%
ToyotaPrius Plug In 4 -42.9%-99.1% 27 -98.4% 1,699 0.07%
HondaAccord Plug In - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 50 0.00%
Total PHEV 5,842 9.8%96.4% 18,207 70.4% 10,684
Total Auto Sales 1,497,232 -5.6%3.4% 5,559,401 3.2% 5,387,804
Overall PHEV Rate0.39%0.33%0.20%
Estimated

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April 2016 Battery Electric Car Sales Numbers

Battery Electrics sold in the U.S. (April 2016): 6,266
Battery Electric Take-Rate: 0.42%

U.S. Battery Electric sales for April 2016

MfgrModel 4-16 Sales vs. 3-16 vs. 4-15 CY 2016 CY 16 vs 15 CY 2015 Current Month U.S. Share
TeslaModel S 1,700 -43.3%-10.5% 7,900 16.2% 6,800 27.13%
TeslaModel X 1,500 0.0%N/A 3,900 N/A - 23.94%
BMWi3* 814 145.2%100.5% 1,576 -48.9% 3,087 12.99%
NissanLeaf 787 -36.8%-49.3% 3,718 -34.1% 5,638 12.56%
ChevroletSpark 419 66.3%-54.5% 1,026 -19.6% 1,276 6.69%
Fiat500e 372 -0.3%-17.3% 1,317 -30.3% 1,889 5.94%
VWe-Golf 326 279.1%5.5% 938 15.1% 815 5.20%
KiaSoul EV 139 75.9%90.4% 359 41.9% 253 2.22%
FordFocus EV 81 -26.4%-34.7% 338 -31.6% 494 1.29%
SmartforTwo EV 66 -5.7%-46.8% 238 -47.1% 450 1.05%
MercedesB-Class Electric 56 -15.2%-64.6% 217 -66.7% 652 0.89%
Mitsubishii 6 500.0%-62.5% 14 -54.8% 31 0.10%
HondaFit EV - N/AN/A - -100.0% 1 0.00%
ToyotaRAV4 EV - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 17 0.00%
Total BEV 6,266 -11.9%3.8% 21,541 0.6% 21,403
Total Auto Sales 1,497,232 -5.6%3.4% 5,559,401 3.2% 5,387,804
Overall BEV Take Rate0.42%0.39%0.40%
* Breakdown between BEV and PHEV is not available.
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April 2016 Compressed Natural Gas Car Sales Numbers

Compressed Natural Gass sold in the U.S. (April 2016): 0
Compressed Natural Gas Take-Rate: 0.00%

U.S. Compressed Natural Gas sales for April 2016

MfgrModel 4-16 Sales vs. 3-16 vs. 4-15 CY 2016 CY 16 vs 15 CY 2015 Current Month US Share
HondaCivic - N/A-100.0% 1 -99.3% 148 N/A
Total CNG - -100.0% 1 -99.3% 148
Total Auto Sales 1,497,232 -5.6%3.4% 5,559,401 3.2% 5,387,804
Overall CNGTake Rate0.00%0.00%0.00%

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April 2016 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Car Sales Numbers

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles sold in the U.S. (April 2016): 45
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Take-Rate: 0.00%

U.S. Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle sales for April 2016

MfgrModel 4-16 Sales vs. 3-16 vs. 4-15 CY 2016 CY 16 vs 15 CY 2015 Current Month US ShareCurrent Month Manufacturer Share
ToyotaMirai 41 0.0%N/A 138 N/A - 91.11%Toyota91.11%
HyundaiTucson 4 50.0%300.0% 13 0.0% 13 8.89%Hyundai8.89%
HondaClarity - N/AN/A - N/A - 0.00%Honda0.00%
Total Fuel Cell 45 -108.2%4400.0% 151 1061.5% 13
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Total Auto Sales 1,497,232 -5.6%3.4% 5,559,401 3.2% 5,387,804
Overall Fuel Cell Take Rate0.00%0.00%0.00%

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April 2016 Diesel Car Sales Numbers

Diesels sold in the U.S. (April 2016): 7,299
Diesel Take-Rate: 0.49

U.S. Diesel sales for April 2016

MfgrModel 4-16 Sales vs. 3-16 vs. 4-15 CY 2016 CY 16 vs 15 CY 2015 Current Month US Share
RamRam Pickup Diesel 4,382 -3.5%-13.7% 16,195 -14.6% 18,961 60.04%
ChevroletColorado Diesel 731 26.5%N/A 1,820 N/A - 10.02%
JeepGrand Cherokee Diesel 360 -2.7%12.1% 1,301 22.7% 1,060 4.93%
MercedesE-Class Diesel 307 344.9%411.7% 464 -55.6% 1,046 4.21%
GMCCanyon Diesel 271 11.1%N/A 790 N/A - 3.71%
BMW X5 Diesel 250 -4.9%-40.0% 707 -54.2% 1,544 3.43%
Land RoverRange Rover Sport 236 -42.2%N/A 1,224 N/A - 3.23%
BMW 3-Series Diesel 151 -5.6%-30.4% 499 -43.5% 883 2.07%
MercedesGLE-Class Diesel 135 9.8%N/A 461 N/A - 1.85%
Land RoverRange Rover 120 -49.8%N/A 1,026 N/A - 1.64%
BMW X3 Diesel 95 -50.5%-77.7% 477 -40.2% 797 1.30%
MercedesGL-Class Diesel 90 -18.9%-75.7% 496 -60.3% 1,248 1.23%
BMW 5-Series Diesel 85 -44.1%30.8% 355 17.5% 302 1.16%
ChevroletCruze Diesel 57 7.5%-83.5% 186 -84.2% 1,180 0.78%
RamPromaster Van Diesel 29 -12.1%61.1% 113 175.6% 41 0.40%
AudiQ7 Diesel - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 1,092 0.00%
AudiQ5 Diesel - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 1,565 0.00%
AudiA3 Diesel - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 1,081 0.00%
AudiA6 Diesel - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 370 0.00%
AudiA7 Diesel - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 131 0.00%
AudiA8 Diesel - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 91 0.00%
BMW 7-Series Diesel - N/AN/A 2 N/A - 0.00%
MercedesGLK Class Diesel - -100.0%-100.0% 28 -98.4% 1,710 0.00%
MercedesML Class Diesel - N/A-100.0% 22 -8.3% 24 0.00%
MercedesR-Class Diesel - N/AN/A - N/A - 0.00%
MercedesS-Class Diesel - N/AN/A - -100.0% 1 0.00%
Porsche Cayenne Diesel - N/A-100.0% 18 -98.9% 1,598 0.00%
VolkswagenBeetle Diesel - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 421 0.00%
VolkswagenGolf Diesel - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 3,023 0.00%
VolkswagenGolf Sportwagon Diesel - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 1,015 0.00%
VolkswagenJetta Diesel - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 7,699 0.00%
VolkswagenPassat Diesel - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 6,488 0.00%
VolkswagenTouareg Diesel - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 1,085 0.00%
Total Diesel 7,299 -3.3%-56.3% 26,184 -51.9% 54,456
Total Auto Sales 1,497,232 -5.6%3.4% 5,559,401 3.2% 5,387,804
Overall Diesel Take Rate0.49%0.47%1.01%
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