May 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 U.S. passenger vehicle sales for May were down from a year ago – even taking into account the fact that there were two fewer selling days in the month.

May’s sales further were relatively flat compared to April. Through the first five months of the year, overall sales were up 1 percent from the comparable 2015 period. Thus, overall sales are strong albeit reaching a plateau.

As compared to a year-ago, May sales were up significantly for plug-in electrified vehicles but down in the other categories. As compared to April, May sales were up for battery electrics and hybrids and down in the other categories.

Full electric vehicle sales were up from April on the strength of the Tesla Model X and the Nissan Leaf . As usual, sales of the Model S and Model X are estimated and sales of the Tesla models are varying month to month as Tesla seeks to respond to demand (updates in the Model S are keeping that model strong while demand for the Model X is not as strong as expected some months ago). The BMW i3 had another good month. The Leaf continues to muddle along and the outlook is not good since the all new model (with much greater range) is not expected until late 2017 or early 2018 which of course is later rather than sooner.

Year-to-date, category sales are flat with most models down and new models like the Tesla Model X adding volume to the category. Sales as a share of total sales have been stable in the past few months but down from the peak period of late 2014.

Plug-in hybrids were down from last month, but ahead of year-ago levels on the strength of the Chevy Volt and Ford Fusion Energi. Year-to-date, those two models are well ahead of 2015 levels. The Volt has sales of around 2,000 a month which is a decent result for the vehicle. The BMW X5 launched last fall but sales have been stronger the last couple of months. While there were no new entrants this month, a number of entrants in the last few months are adding strength to the category. These products are primarily in the luxury segment, and additional products are forthcoming. The Fusion Energi will be updated this fall which should lead to higher sales volumes. As a share of total sales, plug ins are up albeit still below peak levels achieved in mid-2014.

SEE ALSO: April 2016 Dashboard

Hybrid sales in May were up from April, albeit down significantly from year-ago (the same is true year-to-date). The new Prius Liftback, while down from peak levels, is up from prior months, and both the Prius C and V are down. Volumes on the new RAV4 hybrid continue to grow and are likely to top 50,000 sales annually. Camry hybrids are down in line with the trend of the underlying vehicle. The Malibu hybrid is now available in a new version and while April sales were around 250, much greater volumes will occur as the product becomes fully available. Ford’s three models (C-Max, Fusion, and Lincoln MKZ) are all down from a year ago, although they do represent significant volume after the market leader which is of course Toyota. Year-to-date, the only vehicles showing growth were the RAV4 (not offered last year), Lexus RX, Lexus NX, Toyota Highlander, and the new Chevy Malibu. Note that the vehicles upon which these hybrids are based are selling well and their hybrid versions are following this trend.

The story for diesel is unchanged from prior months, with sales dominated by the Ram Pickup and the new Chevy and GMC midsize pickups. Of course, VW continues to be out of the market although a settlement for some models MAY occur by the latest deadline of June 21. Even if and when that settlement is finalized, that does not suggest that new models will be available soon. If we look at the diesel segment and exclude all VW Group products, year-to-date sales are down 12 percent. Most of these products are from the European-based manufacturers of BMW, Jaguar Land Rover, and Mercedes. The new model of the Chevy Cruze will have a diesel, but significant volumes of that product are still months away from the market.

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May 2016 Hybrid Car Sales Numbers

Hybrids sold in the U.S. (May 2016): 30,573
Hybrid Take-Rate: 2.0%

U.S. Hybrid sales for May 2016

MfrModel 5-16 Sales vs. 4-16 vs. 5-15 CY 2016 CY 16 vs 15 CY 2015 Current Month US Share
ToyotaPrius Liftback 9,389 5.2%-21.2% 39,944 -10.5% 44,614 30.71%
ToyotaRAV4 4,185 9.9%N/A 15,500 N/A - 13.69%
HyundaiSonata 2,513 40.5%-14.6% 8,737 -8.0% 9,494 8.22%
ToyotaCamry Hybrid 2,055 4.1%-35.3% 8,631 -32.7% 12,816 6.72%
ToyotaPrius C 1,909 13.9%-49.3% 10,218 -36.8% 16,165 6.24%
FordFusion Hybrid 1,716 -15.7%-29.7% 8,945 -18.6% 10,992 5.61%
FordC-Max Hybrid 1,327 -18.1%-29.9% 5,557 -4.6% 5,826 4.34%
ToyotaPrius V 1,215 -8.1%-61.5% 6,185 -48.0% 11,893 3.97%
LincolnMKZ 805 31.3%-19.9% 3,102 -10.9% 3,480 2.63%
LexusCT200h 797 38.1%-44.5% 3,730 -37.9% 6,005 2.61%
LexusES Hybrid 735 5.0%-19.3% 3,584 -16.3% 4,280 2.40%
LexusRX 400 / 450 h 719 -20.0%30.5% 4,046 49.9% 2,699 2.35%
ToyotaAvalon Hybrid 660 -7.7%-40.8% 3,324 -29.2% 4,698 2.16%
KiaOptima Hybrid 570 18.0%-45.5% 2,344 -47.2% 4,443 1.86%
ToyotaHighlander Hybrid 473 7.0%46.4% 2,178 50.5% 1,447 1.55%
SubaruXV Crosstrek Hybrid 303 0.0%-45.6% 1,474 -46.5% 2,757 0.99%
ChevroletMalibu Hybrid 246 24500.0%12200.0% 249 789.3% 28 0.80%
HondaCR-Z 234 -7.5%-4.9% 970 -10.8% 1,088 0.77%
LexusNX Hybrid 229 3.2%-8.4% 1,183 16.9% 1,012 0.75%
InfinitiQ50 Hybrid 95 -35.4%-72.2% 954 -43.7% 1,693 0.31%
InfinitiQX60 Hybrid 85 28.8%-54.8% 602 -30.1% 861 0.28%
HondaCivic Hybrid 83 -9.8%-81.9% 645 -65.6% 1,873 0.27%
NissanPathfinder Hybrid 60 7.1%-73.1% 340 -67.4% 1,044 0.20%
VolkswagenJetta Hybrid 47 2.2%-14.5% 225 -0.9% 227 0.15%
BuickLacrosse Hybrid 42 -63.5%-91.6% 445 -81.2% 2,366 0.14%
AcuraRLX Hybrid 18 -5.3%-25.0% 68 -26.1% 92 0.06%
HondaAccord Hybrid 15 -48.3%-99.0% 234 -95.5% 5,166 0.05%
InfinitiQ70 Hybrid 10 -9.1%-28.6% 53 -36.9% 84 0.03%
HondaInsight 9 0.0%-93.5% 39 -96.0% 965 0.03%
BMW ActiveHybrid 5 (535ih) 8 300.0%300.0% 12 100.0% 6 0.03%
BuickRegal Hybrid 7 -50.0%-69.6% 38 -63.5% 104 0.02%
LexusGS 450h 7 -56.3%-12.5% 41 -12.8% 47 0.02%
AudiQ5 Hybrid 2 0.0%-88.2% 12 -76.5% 51 0.01%
ChevroletImpala Hybrid 2 -33.3%-96.2% 25 -85.2% 169 0.01%
LexusLS 600h 2 -60.0%-71.4% 16 -48.4% 31 0.01%
MercedesE400H 1 N/A-50.0% 3 -93.8% 48 0.00%
AcuraILX Hybrid - -100.0%-100.0% 1 -94.4% 18 0.00%
BMW ActiveHybrid 3 (335ih) - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 14 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/AN/A - -100.0% 4 0.00%
GMC Yukon Hybrid - N/AN/A - -100.0% 8 0.00%
GMC Sierra Hybrid - N/AN/A - N/A - 0.00%
LexusHS 250h - N/AN/A - N/A - 0.00%
MercedesS400HV Hybrid - N/AN/A - -100.0% 1 0.00%
Mercedes ML450H - N/AN/A - -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/A-100.0% - -100.0% 12 0.00%
Total Hybrid 30,573 5.5%-24.1% 133,655 -15.7% 158,640 100.00%
Total Auto Sales 1,527,564 1.9%-6.1% 7,091,131 1.1% 7,015,427
Overall Hybrid Take Rate2.00%1.88%2.26%

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May 2016 Plug-in Hybrid Car Sales Numbers

Plug-in Hybrids sold in the U.S. (May 2016): 5,619
Plug-in Hybrid Take-Rate: 0.37%

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

MfgrModel 5-16 Sales vs. 4-16 vs. 5-15 CY 2016 CY 16 vs 15 CY 2015 Current Month U.S. Share
ChevroletVolt 1,901 -4.1%17.5% 7,871 79.0% 4,397 33.83%
FordFusion Energi 1,453 9.2%47.4% 5,535 55.3% 3,563 25.86%
FordC-Max Energi 538 -11.4%-24.8% 2,595 -9.8% 2,876 9.57%
BMWX5 500 -23.7%N/A 1,994 N/A - 8.90%
AudiA3 Plug In 361 12.5%N/A 1,589 N/A - 6.42%
HyundaiSonata Plug In* 250 0.0%N/A 1,150 N/A - 4.45%
PorscheCayenne S E-Hybrid 191 -19.4%72.1% 990 115.2% 460 3.40%
BMWi8 146 12.3%24.8% 451 -24.3% 596 2.60%
VolvoXC90 Plug In 110 -26.7%N/A 840 N/A - 1.96%
BMW3-Series Plug in 67 168.0%N/A 121 N/A - 1.19%
CadillacELR 45 -52.6%-61.2% 402 -24.3% 531 0.80%
MercedesS550 Plug In 27 -6.9%N/A 123 N/A - 0.48%
PorschePanamera S E-Hybrid 26 4.0%23.8% 134 -31.6% 196 0.46%
ToyotaPrius Plug In 4 0.0%-99.4% 31 -98.7% 2,426 0.07%
HondaAccord Plug In - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 55 0.00%
Total PHEV 5,619 -3.8%25.7% 23,826 57.8% 15,100
Total Auto Sales 1,527,564 1.9%-6.1% 7,091,131 1.1% 7,015,427
Overall PHEV Rate0.37%0.34%0.22%
* Estimated

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May 2016 Battery Electric Car Sales Numbers

Battery Electrics sold in the U.S. (May 2016): 6,526
Battery Electric Take-Rate: 0.43%

U.S. Battery Electric sales for May 2016

MfgrModel 5-16 Sales vs. 4-16 vs. 5-15 CY 2016 CY 16 vs 15 CY 2015 Current Month U.S. Share
TeslaModel X* 2,000 33.3%N/A 5,900 N/A - 30.65%
TeslaModel S* 1,500 -11.8%-34.8% 9,400 3.3% 9,100 22.98%
NissanLeaf 979 24.4%-53.5% 4,697 -39.3% 7,742 15.00%
BMWi3** 696 -14.5%-14.9% 2,272 -41.8% 3,905 10.67%
ChevroletSpark 394 -6.0%39.2% 1,420 -8.9% 1,559 6.04%
Fiat500e* 388 4.3%-17.6% 1,705 -27.8% 2,360 5.95%
VWe-Golf 269 -17.5%-34.4% 1,207 -1.5% 1,225 4.12%
KiaSoul EV 120 -13.7%11.1% 479 32.7% 361 1.84%
SmartforTwo EV 75 13.6%-26.5% 313 -43.3% 552 1.15%
FordFocus EV 54 -33.3%-67.3% 392 -40.5% 659 0.83%
MercedesB-Class Electric 49 -12.5%-82.4% 266 -71.4% 930 0.75%
Mitsubishii 2 -66.7%-88.9% 16 -67.3% 49 0.03%
HondaFit EV - N/AN/A - -100.0% 1 0.00%
ToyotaRAV4 EV - N/AN/A - -100.0% 17 0.00%
Total BEV 6,526 4.1%-7.5% 28,067 -1.4% 28,460
Total Auto Sales 1,527,564 1.9%-6.1% 7,091,131 1.1% 7,015,427
Overall BEV Take Rate0.43%0.40%0.41%
* Estimated
** Breakdown between BEV and PHEV is not available.

May 2016 Compressed Natural Gas Car Sales Numbers

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

U.S. Compressed Natural Gas sales for May 2016

MfgrModel 5-16 Sales vs. 4-16 vs. 5-15 CY 2016 CY 16 vs 15 CY 2015 Current Month US Share
HondaCivic - N/A-100.0% 1 -99.5% 192 N/A
Total CNG - -100.0% 1 -99.5% 192
Total Auto Sales 1,527,564 1.9%-6.1% 7,091,131 1.1% 7,015,427
Overall CNGTake Rate0.00%0.00%0.00%

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May 2016 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Car Sales Numbers

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles sold in the U.S. (May 2016): 44
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Take-Rate: 0.00%

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

MfgrModel 5-16 Sales vs. 4-16 vs. 5-15 CY 2016 CY 16 vs 15 CY 2015 Current Month US ShareCurrent Month Manufacturer Share
ToyotaMirai 40 -2.4%N/A 178 N/A - 90.91%Toyota90.91%
HyundaiTucson 4 100.0%100.0% 17 13.3% 15 9.09%Hyundai9.09%
HondaClarity - N/AN/A - N/A - 0.00%Honda0.00%
Total Fuel Cell 44 -102.2%2100.0% 195 1200.0% 15
Total Auto Sales 1,527,564 1.9%-6.1% 7,091,131 1.1% 7,015,427
Overall Fuel Cell Take Rate0.00%0.00%0.00%

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May 2016 Diesel Car Sales Numbers

Diesels sold in the U.S. (May 2016): 7,211
Diesel Take-Rate: 0.47

U.S. Diesel sales for May 2016

MfgrModel 5-16 Sales vs. 4-16 vs. 5-15 CY 2016 CY 16 vs 15 CY 2015 Current Month US Share
RamRam Pickup Diesel* 4,493 3.1%-20.4% 20,875 -15.2% 24,608 62.31%
ChevroletColorado Diesel 593 -18.9%N/A 2,413 N/A - 8.22%
JeepGrand Cherokee Diesel 377 4.7%3.6% 1,678 17.8% 1,424 5.23%
BMW 3-Series Diesel 332 119.9%-50.4% 831 -46.5% 1,553 4.60%
GMCCanyon Diesel 294 8.5%N/A 1,084 N/A - 4.08%
BMW X5 Diesel 291 16.4%-77.6% 998 -64.9% 2,843 4.04%
Land RoverRange Rover Sport 213 -9.7%N/A 1,437 N/A - 2.95%
Land RoverRange Rover 145 20.8%N/A 1,171 N/A - 2.01%
MercedesGL-Class Diesel 137 52.2%-64.2% 633 -61.2% 1,631 1.90%
MercedesGLE-Class Diesel 102 -24.4%N/A 563 N/A - 1.41%
BMW 5-Series Diesel 97 14.1%31.1% 452 20.2% 376 1.35%
MercedesE-Class Diesel 52 -83.1%-35.0% 516 -54.2% 1,126 0.72%
BMW X3 Diesel 45 -52.6%-63.4% 522 -43.3% 920 0.62%
RamPromaster Van Diesel 29 0.0%16.0% 142 115.2% 66 0.40%
ChevroletCruze Diesel 11 -80.7%-97.2% 197 -87.5% 1,570 0.15%
AudiQ7 Diesel - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 1,478 0.00%
AudiQ5 Diesel - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 2,082 0.00%
AudiA3 Diesel - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 1,394 0.00%
AudiA6 Diesel - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 504 0.00%
AudiA7 Diesel - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 195 0.00%
AudiA8 Diesel - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 119 0.00%
BMW 7-Series Diesel - N/AN/A 2 N/A - 0.00%
MercedesGLK Class Diesel - N/A-100.0% 28 -98.5% 1,821 0.00%
MercedesML Class Diesel - N/AN/A 22 -8.3% 24 0.00%
MercedesR-Class Diesel - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 1 0.00%
MercedesS-Class Diesel - N/AN/A - -100.0% 1 0.00%
Porsche Cayenne Diesel - N/A-100.0% 18 -99.0% 1,848 0.00%
VolkswagenBeetle Diesel - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 517 0.00%
VolkswagenGolf Diesel - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 4,034 0.00%
VolkswagenGolf Sportwagon Diesel - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 2,434 0.00%
VolkswagenJetta Diesel - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 9,840 0.00%
VolkswagenPassat Diesel - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 9,257 0.00%
VolkswagenTouareg Diesel - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 1,433 0.00%
Total Diesel 7,211 -0.9%-61.3% 33,582 -54.1% 73,099 100.00%
Total Auto Sales 1,527,564 1.9%-6.1% 7,091,131 1.1% 7,015,427
Overall Diesel Take Rate0.47%0.47%1.04%
* Estimated


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