June 2012 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.

Hybrid sales are declining from highs achieved in recent months due largely to the decline in gas prices, but remain higher than they have generally in the past except for spikes that have occurred in periods of high gas prices.

The Prius family remains in the 50 to 60 percent range of the total. It should be noted that the Prius c and Prius v are doing a better job of maintaining their volume than the Prius Liftback, so there is some “cannibalization” of this core model.

Hybrids that remain in launch phase include the Acura ILX, BMW ActiveHybrid 5, and the Chevy Malibu.

Plug-in vehicles remain at recent levels, down somewhat from the high-water market of March 2012 when high fuel prices increased demand.

The Ford Focus Electric registered 89 sales and while it is still very much in a launch phase, volume will increase in coming months. The Volt continues to lead this category and sales should continue to increase modestly as better availability in California occurs. Volume for the LEAF have been consistent over the last few months and will remain modest until availability increases with domestic production late this year and early next year. Prius plug-in sales have dropped after a strong introduction in March and April, presumably due to both availability and the reduction in gas prices.

Diesel models remain relatively consistent with VW’s products representing three-quarters of the total. Volumes of the Jetta have declined somewhat from earlier levels, with Passat diesels picking up the slack.

June 2012 Hybrid Car Sales Numbers

Hybrids sold in the U.S. (June 2012): 34,558
Hybrid Take-Rate: 2.7%

U.S. hybrid sales for June 2012

Model Units vs. last month vs. June 2011 CYTD vs. CYTD 2011
Toyota Prius Liftback 11,514 -11.8% 165.3% 83,661 25.8%
Prius c 3,657 -1.0% n/a 16,231 n/a
Toyota Camry 3,471 -21.2% 673.1% 23,550 332.8%
Prius v 3,284 -9.9% n/a 22,424 n/a
Chevy Malibu Hybrid 2,002 21.9% 9,000.0% 6,968 28,933.3%
Hyundai Sonata 1,884 0.8% 32.5% 10,567 183.4%
Lexus CT 200h 1,387 -10.5% 477.9% 9,444 150.6%
Buick LaCrosse 1,245 3.6% n/a 6,758 n/a
Lexus RX400/450h 1,193 18.0% 188.9% 5,576 0.7%
Kia Optima 933 15.2% 805.8 5,250 4,997.1
Ford Fusion 797 16.7% -17.8% 4,988 -31.9%
Honda Civic 548 -22.6% 31.1% 4,118 69.3%
Toy. Highlander 496 -11.4% 570.3% 3,051 9.1%
Honda Insight 494 -3.5% -51.6% 4,041 -63.8%
Linc. MKZ Hybrid 451 -6.0% -6.6% 2,626 -10.3%
Honda CR-Z 409 38.2% -57.7% 2,405 -70.0%
Buick Regal 219 25.9% n/a 858 n/a
Acura ILX 115 238.2 n/a 149 n/a
Lexus GS450h 75 78.6% 212.5% 184 25.2%
Infiniti M35h 73 -6.4% 121.2% 314 182.9%
Chevy Tahoe 49 8.9% -19.7% 264 -28.3%
Cad. Escalade 49 -12.5% -27.9% 358 -38.9%
Porsche Cayenne 42 -72.0% -76.3% 669 -22.7%
Chevy Silverado 30 -47.4% -60.5% 258 -57.1%
GMC Yukon Hybrid 26 -56.7% -55.9% 261 -38.6%
VW Touareg Hybrid 25 38.9 8.7% 128 -54.9%
Porsche Panamera S 25 -65.8% n/a 240 n/a
Ford Escape 17 -91.7 -97.9% 1,164 -78.9%
Lexus HS 250h 10 -52.4% -93.7% 622 -54.2%
GMC Sierra 8 60.0% -42.9% 57 -52.1%
Mercedes S400HV 8 14.3% -69.2% 72 -60.4%
BMW Hybrid 7 7 -72.0% -74.1% 205 1.5%
Lexus LS600hL 6 0.0% 50.0% 39 0.0%
Mercedes ML450 3 n/a n/a 16 1,500.0%
Altima 3 -66.7% -98.8% 89 -96.2%
BMW ActiveHybrid5 (535ih) 2 100.0% n/a 4 n/a%
BMW X6 1 0.0% -83.3% 3 -90.0%
Mazda Tribute 0 -100.0% -100.0% 90 -63%
All hybrids 34,558 -7.1% 171.8% 217,701 63.5%
All vehicles 1,281,417 -3,7% 22.2% 7,248,893 14.9%

June 2012 Plug-in Electric Car Sales Numbers

Plug-in cars sold in the U.S. (June 2012): 3,318
Plug-in Take-Rate: 0.26%

U.S. plug-in electric sales for June 2012

Model Units vs. last month vs. June 2011 CYTD vs. CYTD 2011
Chevrolet Volt 1,760 4.8% 213.7% 8,817 221.2%
Prius PHV 695 -36.0% n/a 4,333 n/a
Nissan LEAF 535 4.9% -68.7% 3,148 -18.8%
Smart forTwo EV 127 n/a n/a 127 48.3
Ford Focus Electric 89 1,383.3 n/a 97 n/a
BMW Active E 79 618.2% n/a 673 n/a
Mitsubishi i 33 -61.2% n/a 333 n/a
All plug-in cars 3,318 -7.7% 228.9% 17,530 161.4%
All vehicles 1,281,417 -3,7% 22.2% 7,248,893 14.9%

June 2012 Clean Diesel Car Sales Numbers

Clean Diesels sold in the U.S. (June 2012): 10,582
Diesel Take-Rate: 0.83%

U.S. clean diesel sales for June 2012

Model Units vs. last month vs. June 2011 CYTD vs. CYTD 2011
VW Jetta 3,931 -15.4% -18.9% 24,438 -9.2%
VW Passat 2,147 8.4% n/a 11,367 n/a
BMW X5 1,297 6.5% 123.6% 5,071 55.5%
VW Golf 912 3.5% -6.7% 4,848 -3.1%
Mercedes ML320 618 9.0% 113.8% 3,240 107.8%
Audi A3 402 70.3% 104.1% 2,014 10.1%
VW Touareg 353 0.9% 61.9% 2,280 70.4%
Audi Q7 255 -21.1% -11.1% 1,554 -23.3%
Mercedes E320 231 14.4% -28.9% 1,599 8.6%
Mercedes R320 175 297.7% 872.2% 335 -7.5%
Mercedes GL320 175 36.7% -70.8% 3,337 30.4%
Mercedes S350 84 7.7% n/a 434 n/a
BMW 335d 2 -71.4% -99.4% 697 -54.9%
Jeep Gr Cherokee 0 n/a -100.0% -100.0%
All clean diesels 10,582 -0.7% 22.3% 61,214 27.5%
All vehicles 1,281,417 -3,7% 22.2% 7,248,893 14.9%

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  • Greg

    Interesting to see that diesel sales were only down slightly, where as hybrid and electric as well as over all car sales were down dramatically.

    Maybe diesel is finally starting to take off in the US

  • Emc2

    Are Smart forTwo EV sales figures for the same Smart ED model you had reported in the past (in May you reported 2 units sold?), or is this a new model?

  • Jeff Cobb
  • YegorT

    Thank you for the numbers!

    Gas prices are low and falling rapidly form $4 in April to $3.37 now.
    Despite the low gas prices there is a very encouraging trend. Two years ago when gas prices were low Hybrids and Plug-ins took 2.2% market share. Now in short two years they take 3% market share.

    The market share has grown thank to new models: Prius C, Prius V, new Camry Hybrid, Chevy Volt, Malibu Hybrid, Sonata Hybrid, CT 200h.

    Many people are loyal to their brands – looking forward to new promising Ford Hybrids and Plugin-ins coming this fall.

  • YegorT

    Meanwhile Toyota sold huge number of hybrids in Japan:
    Prius: 28,456
    Aqua (Prius C): 25,079

    The two most sold cars in Japan.

  • YegorT

    Volt sales are encouraging – they hold despite falling gas prices.

  • Max Reid

    Hybrid sales of 30,000 + with Plugins selling another 3,000 + is impressive. I believe both the category will increase with launch of C-Max (Hybrid & Plugin).

    Meanwhile Tesla is producing only 1 car / day for quality concern and later they will increase. If this happens, this will give a big jump in EV sales.

    By Cylinders
    V4 – 32,440
    V6 – 1,942
    V8 – 176
    Sales of both V4 & V8 has gone down, and we can blame this on lower gas prices.

    2012-YTD sales in Japan
    Prius – 181,630
    Prius C – 128,243


  • Max Reid

    Despite Japanese government giving generous incentives to buy regular vehicles, the mini-vehicles (v3 660 cc engine) commands 35% share and they have better fuel efficiency than even hybrids.

    Meanwhile Fusion with Start/Stop system is expected to be popular and this costs only $300 more than regular Fusion. This could give a big boost to Hybrid Dashboard if it sells in larger #. Expect it in 2012-Fall.


  • DeepakX

    Was hoping to see Prius PHV to do much better. The price is just too high for 10+ mpg on Electric alone. Maybe Toyota should consider a good lease option to lure in buyers (as with Chevy Volt).

  • Tony Tan

    There is a big difference between NADA stats and Hybridcars Stats. They have 37,037 sales (which may combine Hybrid & Plugin) while hybridcars have
    34,558 and 3,318 = 37,876

    Some 800 number difference.

    For this month, Hybrid trucks sales increased.

  • MS

    Max – The Start/Stop system is not hybridization of the vehicle. Consequently I hope is not to be included in the Dashboard.

    For example the major part of gasoline cars in Europe are already sold with that start and stop system, but there the gasoline price is about the double than in US.

    Altought decreasing the gasoline consumption, usualy the cars include a button to deactivate the system, as some drives do not like the feeling of the car starting-up each time the system kicks in.

  • Modern Marvel Fan

    There is NO V-4 engine except for the ones used by Honda on their motorcycles back in the days.

    Today all car 4-cyclinders are straight-in-line four (except for the flat 4 as in horizontal opposed 4 cyclinders in Subaru)… There are straight 6 or V-6 or Horizontal opposed 6s.

  • Modern Marvel Fan

    Prius PHV is NOT doing well b/c it is a “green scam”. It does NOT offer any real world EV range. It is EPA rated 6 miles in pure EV mode and if you drive like a “normal” person and cruise at 65mph on the hwy, you won’t get any EV mode at all. But the premium is about $5k-$6k.

    So, why bother with it? The regular Prius is a better deal. Not to mention the fact that Volt outperform the Prius PiP by a large margin…

  • Max Reid

    MS – I believe Start/Stop system needs a more powerful battery than the current 12 Volt battery used in regular cars. Some of them are even planning to use capacitors.

    That’s why these cars come under Mild Hybrid and hence should be included in Hybrids list. These are the types of Hybrids. Europe has 3 million Mild Hybrids.

    Mild (Start/Stop)
    Partial (Motor supplements engine)
    Full (Motor powers the engine upto certain speed)
    Plugin (Motor powers the engine upto certain distance)

  • Modern Marvel Fan

    “Mild (Start/Stop)
    Partial (Motor supplements engine)
    Full (Motor powers the engine upto certain speed)
    Plugin (Motor powers the engine upto certain distance)”

    Where does Prius Plugin fall into then? SCAM?

    Its electric motor doesn’t power the car up to ANY Speed if you press down the accelerator by half and it doesn’t power the car past 62mph either…

  • Modern Marvel Fan

    I am actually impressed that Chevy Volt sold better than 80% of all the hybrid models out there….

  • MS

    The start and stop system uses a stronguer battery in what relates to the ampers not the voltage. For example all BMW called efficiency dinamics, even the ones sold in the US, use this tech.

    The driver can choose to have the system on or not by pressing a button, however if one replaces the 12volt battery by other with less ampers the system will not function at all.

    Calling the BMW all hybrids when no torque came from the electric motor to the ground, as the electric engine only serves to start up again the ICE engine as any non hybrid car, seems too wide the use of the hybrid term.

    But this is only my opinion.

  • Tony Tan

    Dear Friends

    Prius Plugin has 15 Miles Electric range and even a Hybrid critic like Consumer Reports has said that it has 11 Mile Electric range on a fully loaded model.

    If you can drive 15 miles / day and 300 days / year, then you are driving 4,500 Electric miles / year and thats great. For someone who drives 12,000 miles / year, its nearly 40% of the driving.

    All this for a price which is just 32,000. If you want to pick, then pick on the hybrid gas guzzlers like the LS600h, Tahoe Hybrid and those from Benz, BMW and so on.

  • Max Reid

    If a vehicle has 4 cylinders, then its V-4, our future objective is to slowly replace the cylinders with motors.

    MS : Earlier some people did not accept Insight as Hybrid since its a partial Hybrid. Today, there are 7 models with Partial Hybrid and more to come.
    Honda (Insight, Civic-H, CR-Z, Acura ILX)
    GM (Malibu, Regal, Lacrosse)

    We cannot be very choosy.

  • Modern Marvel Fan

    Get a clue please, there is NO V-4. V is the configuration of the cylinder. V6 and V8 are usually in V shaped cylinder configuration where half the cylinder are on the each bank of the “V”. Usually, they are either 60 deg V or 90 deg V. Four cylinders are configured in a straight line. That is why it is called “inline four” instead…

  • Modern Marvel Fan

    @ Tony Tan,

    Well, you need to get your facts checked. EPA rated the Prius Plugin at 6 miles for Pure EV operation.

    I had driven one for about 1 day. If you press down the accelerator pedal more than half way, the gas engine will come one. Consumer Reports is “Testing” the Pip right now. It hasn’t done its full testing yet. As far as the Toyota’s 15 mile figure, it is “up to” 15 miles if you drive slowly like an old grandma… Also, you have to keep it under 62mph. Engine will kick on as soon as you exceed that speed. For how little the EV mileage the PIP has, it is really pointless. You are better off buying a Volt where the EV mode is real and you will get a fulll 35 (EPA rated) electric miles out of it regardless how you drive…

    So, why don’t you go and drive one and see what happens before you try to pan off the “SCAM”. You are better off buying a regular Prius for the cost.

  • YegorT

    Prius Plugin EPA rated EV range is 11 miles:

    But ICE engine kicks in at fast acceleration and above 62 mph.

  • John K.

    WHAT??? No CNG category???

    Sure, there’s only 1 offering right now (Honda Civic). But that does not mean CNG vehicles should be ignored.

    CNG is the cleanest ICE there is! I’d LOVE a CNG Prius or CNG Honda Civic Hybrid Coupe.

  • Emc2

    Thanks for the clarification

  • Anonymous

    @ Modern Marvel Fan,

    That’s because 80% of the hybrids out there stink. There’s Toyota’s hybrids and then there’s the rest. Just goes to show Toyota’s continued dominance in the hybrid market.

  • Killer

    Let’s keep the facts straight about the Prius plugin. As an owner there is a switch to go EV or HV. In EV mode you can do modest acceleration fully in EV. The prius phv has a 4.4kwh li-ion battery pack which gives you about 12 ev miles on a charge. If your travel distance is greater than 12 miles then you get about 80mpg on the highway. The Prius plugin is really a great car for a reasonable price. If you really want a race ev then build your own or get a Tesla.

    btw. Keep in mind that no hybrid car will get great mpg’s if you drive like an a**hat.


  • Modern Marvel Fan

    “Prius Plugin EPA rated EV range is 11 miles”

    The biggest LIE on the planet.

    Read the EPA sticker: http://www.greencarreports.com/image/100383903_2012-toyota-prius-plug-in-hybrid-window-sticker-showing-epa-fuel-efficiency-ratings

    11 miles is with “Electricity + Gasoline”.

    Then read the small print underneath it: “All Electric Range = 6 miles”.

    Sure, now let us advertise “11 Miles” as the “pure EV” range. SCAM! SCAM! SCAM!!!!

    As far as EV mode mentioned by the owner, well, say what you will. If you “press the pedal down half way and do it hard and fast”, even in EV mode, your gas engine will come on. Nuff said there…

  • Modern Marvel Fan

    “That’s because 80% of the hybrids out there stink. “

    Could it be also that rest of the hybrids aren’t as slow as Prius or they don’t detune the car as much as Prius?

  • YegorT

    Wow! Toyota really misleads buyers on their website to believe that PPI EV range is 11 miles when EPA sticker says “All Electric Range = 6 miles”, “Electricity + Gasoline = 11 miles”!
    6 miles is really little.

  • YegorT
  • Sasha

    ok, and what is the hybrid market share in 2012 in EU and Japan? EU is experiencing highest oil prices in euro terms now…

  • Anonymous

    You really should split your plug in hybrid into electric vehicle and plug in. The Nissan leaf is not a plug in hybrid it is an all electric vehicle. The Plug in hybrid such as the Prius PEH and the Volt are significantly more practical since they really are just hybrids with a plug in socket. I follow this stuff closely and was surprised to only recently learn that the Volt is actually a hybrid and not an all electric vehicle like the Leaf.

  • Modern Marvel Fan


    Actually Volt is more complex than that. Volt is considered as EREV instead of Hybrid. No other hybrid can function in PURE EV mode in all speed and performance level like the Volt can in its EV mode. Its EV mode is pure electric, no different than Nissan Leaf. However, once the battery is drained to a low level, it becomes a series hybrid, then at higher speed, it becomes a parallel hybrid where Nissan Leaf will turn into a brick once the charge is low…

    No other car can match Volt in its technology.

  • Lucy

    The Volt continues to lead this category and sales should continue to increase modestly as better availability in California occurs.Bulls Snapback

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  • frtldy

    It is amazing how little people know about these three cars, Our regular Prius hybrid, gets a higher mileage rating (I get 55 MPG) than the Chevy Volt ( reported to average 41 MPG.) I don’t need a station wagon with my Prius; it is well designed to utilze as much space as possible.. They are however, a car to be driven.

    I consider the Prius one of our better investments…with our best being an EV. We have put a lot of miles on our Nissan Leaf. Amazing, isn’t it, how many people assume that the Leaf is a hybrid. Those Leafs are funny looking in style, true, but you don’t ride on the outside of the car. Neither do they have a gas tank! I drive both and find each one enjoyable to drive.

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