August 2009 Dashboard: Altima Hybrid and Insight Post Strong Sales
August 2009 Hybrid Car Sales Numbers
For August, we offer an abbreviated version of our Hybrid Market Dashboard. The full dashboard will return next month.
Hybrid sales were nearly 50 percent higher than a year ago, compared to the overall car market which was up by only 1 percent. The Cash for Clunkers program, which helped the Toyota Prius so much in July, had less of an effect in August. The Honda Insight showed new life, boosting sales by 84 percent compared to last month. Sales of the Nissan Altima Hybrid boomed, making Nissan’s only hybrid the third most popular gas-electric vehicle in August, despite being offered in only eight states. Lexus’s first dedicated hybrid, the HS 250h, reported its first month of sales with 541 units.
Our information is based on hybrid sales as reported by the manufacturers. For each model, this month’s sales are shown compared to sales in the previous month and at the same time last year. We also examine hybrid market share by model and manufacturer.
Hybrids sold in the US (August 2009): 38,701
US hybrid sales for August 2009
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U.S. hybrid market historical sales (1999 – 2009)
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