May 2017 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 sales for May were down from a year ago but up from April (the latter of which is a normal trend). Clearly, sales this year are down from a year ago and this trend is likely to continue although the overall decline is modest and sales remain strong. However, as compared to last May and year-to-date, sales of battery electrics, plug ins, and hybrids were all up strongly.

Sales for full electric vehicles were up from last year on the strength of the Model S and X (both estimated), Bolt and LEAF. All of these models were up from April and year ago, as well as year-to-date. The Model S and Model X were both up from year ago, although the results last year were relatively modest. Bolt sales ramped up in May to over 1500 which is their best month yet, but still remain on track for only about a 20,000 annual rate. They may increase as full availability across the country occurs, which is expected this Fall. The Hyundai Ioniq EV sold 75 copies and volumes will increase as availability improves, although this vehicle will primarily be sold in California, at least for a while.

SEE ALSO: April 2017 Dashboard

Plug in hybrids had a good month as compared to last month and year-ago, as the growth rates for the category were far greater than the overall market. Year-to-date, volumes are up dramatically based primarily on the Prius Prime which was released late last year. The Volt is also doing relatively well, again based upon an updated product. In May, each of these models sold just sort of 2,000 copies each. We have added the Pacifica Hybrid (it is a plug in even though FCA calls it a hybrid) and we have estimated sales for May. The vehicle appeared in limited volumes in mid-April and was available for the entire month of May. Mercedes had a delay in reporting its overall sales and volumes for their three plug in hybrids are not yet available. We have entered zeros for each of these vehicles and will update our information when the actual numbers are released. The Cadillac CT6 plug in is now available in very limited volumes and is produced in China for global sale, including the U.S.

Hybrids had a good month, with the category having a greater increase than the overall market. While the Prius Liftback is the most popular product in the category, its sales of almost 6,000 units in each of the last several months is far below historical results and not impressive given that this product is early in its current product cycle. The Ford Fusion hybrid sales volumes remain just behind the Prius Liftback, which is more of a comment upon the Prius (a negative result) than the Fusion. The Hyundai Ioniq and Kia Niro hybrids have each leaped near the “head of the class” after only a few months on the market. Each of these vehicles has very “accessible” styling, with the Ioniq styled as a hatchback, and the Niro as a crossover (although the Niro does not offer all wheel drive). Both the RAV4 and Highlander continue to do well and the Accord hybrid continues as a steady performer. While Toyota continues to pace the segment, its share of 53-55% appears to be the “new normal,” suggesting that new products from other makers (particularly Hyundai and Kia) are permanently weakening Toyota’s leading market position. The Lexus LC500 is new to the category, although volumes for this high-end vehicle will be very modest. The Nissan Rogue should be arriving very soon as a hybrid and a small number of sales may have already occurred, but they have not yet been reported.

The size of the diesel segment continues to be controlled by which products can be offered. The Ram Pickup, which has been a category leader, remains off the market and EPA has actually launched a lawsuit against FCA (which may have the effect of forcing a settlement and changes in the vehicle which will resolve the problem which will eventually enable FCA to make this product available again). As a result, the Transit diesel remains the category leader. However, certain VW products from the 2015 and 2016 model years (the latter very much abbreviated) continue to be sold and the VW Golf joined those sold in April. These results will be limited to a relatively short period of time as the stock of these models is modest. While the Chevy Cruze is once again available as a diesel (the engine is new and not comparable to the engine offered in the previous generation), volumes are very modest.

May 2017 Hybrid Car Sales Numbers

Hybrids sold in the U.S. (May 2017): 33,758
Hybrid Take-Rate: 2.24%

U.S. Hybrid sales for May 2017

MfrModel 5-17 Sales vs. 4-17 vs. 5-16 CY 2017 CY 17 vs 16 CY 2016 Current Month US Share
ToyotaPrius Liftback 6,064 4.5%-35.4% 27,635 -30.8% 39,944 17.96%
FordFusion Hybrid 5,671 25.8%230.5% 25,840 188.9% 8,945 16.80%
ToyotaRAV4 4,070 15.8%-2.7% 17,061 10.1% 15,500 12.06%
KiaNiro Hybrid 2,660 -9.5%N/A 10,488 N/A - 7.88%
HondaAccord Hybrid 1,976 10.6%13073.3% 9,184 3824.8% 234 5.85%
HyundaiIoniq Hybrid 1,752 35.1%N/A 3,376 N/A - 5.19%
ToyotaCamry Hybrid 1,711 13.1%-16.7% 7,453 -13.6% 8,631 5.07%
ToyotaHighlander Hybrid 1,514 -9.0%220.1% 6,674 206.4% 2,178 4.48%
ToyotaPrius C 1,121 -3.4%-41.3% 6,182 -39.5% 10,218 3.32%
ToyotaPrius V 929 0.3%-23.5% 4,474 -27.7% 6,185 2.75%
FordC-Max Hybrid 880 17.5%-33.7% 3,449 -37.9% 5,557 2.61%
HyundaiSonata 848 -23.9%-66.3% 5,629 -35.6% 8,737 2.51%
LexusCT200h 825 3.9%3.5% 3,311 -11.2% 3,730 2.44%
LexusRX 400 / 450 h 747 21.5%3.9% 3,025 -25.2% 4,046 2.21%
LincolnMKZ 588 15.5%-27.0% 2,739 -11.7% 3,102 1.74%
ChevroletMalibu Hybrid 493 20.5%100.4% 2,147 762.2% 249 1.46%
LexusES Hybrid 467 31.2%-36.5% 1,843 -48.6% 3,584 1.38%
ToyotaAvalon Hybrid 412 3.0%-37.6% 2,254 -32.2% 3,324 1.22%
LexusNX Hybrid 228 26.0%-0.4% 1,048 -11.4% 1,183 0.68%
KiaOptima Hybrid 220 -3.5%-61.4% 1,177 -49.8% 2,344 0.65%
AcuraMDX Hybrid 148 159.6%N/A 205 N/A - 0.44%
InfinitiQ50 Hybrid 135 32.4%42.1% 655 -31.3% 954 0.40%
InfinitiQX60 Hybrid 69 23.2%-18.8% 298 -50.5% 602 0.20%
HondaCR-Z 65 -23.5%-72.2% 486 -49.9% 970 0.19%
NissanPathfinder Hybrid 65 14.0%8.3% 389 14.4% 340 0.19%
LexusLC 500h 29 N/AN/A 29 N/A - 0.09%
AcuraNSX Hybrid 23 -74.7%N/A 247 N/A - 0.07%
AcuraRLX Hybrid 14 -36.4%-22.2% 104 20.9% 86 0.04%
VolkswagenJetta Hybrid 10 0.0%-78.7% 54 -76.0% 225 0.03%
BuickLacrosse Hybrid 9 -25.0%-78.6% 73 -83.6% 445 0.03%
InfinitiQ70 Hybrid 5 25.0%-50.0% 29 -45.3% 53 0.01%
HondaCivic Hybrid 4 -50.0%-95.2% 51 -92.1% 645 0.01%
LexusGS 450h 4 33.3%-42.9% 23 -43.9% 41 0.01%
BuickRegal Hybrid 1 N/A-85.7% 5 -86.8% 38 0.00%
SubaruXV Crosstrek Hybrid 1 0.0%-99.7% 33 -97.8% 1,474 0.00%
AcuraILX Hybrid - N/AN/A - -100.0% 1 0.00%
AudiQ5 Hybrid - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 12 0.00%
BMW ActiveHybrid 5 (535ih) - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 12 0.00%
BMW 7-Series ActiveHybrid - N/AN/A - -100.0% 1 0.00%
ChevroletImpala Hybrid - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 25 0.00%
HondaInsight - -100.0%-100.0% 2 -94.9% 39 0.00%
LexusLS 600h - N/A-100.0% - -100.0% 16 0.00%
MercedesE400H - N/A-100.0% 3 0.0% 3 0.00%
NissanRogue Hybrid - N/AN/A - N/A - 0.00%
Total Hybrid 33,758 9.0%10.4% 147,675 10.5% 133,673 100.00%
Total Auto Sales 1,509,633 6.5%-0.6% 6,937,739 -2.0% 7,080,663
Overall Hybrid Take Rate2.24%2.13%1.89%

May 2017 Plug-in Hybrid Car Sales Numbers

Plug-in Hybrids sold in the U.S. (May 2017): 8,522
Plug-in Hybrid Take-Rate: 0.56%

U.S. Plug-in Hybrid sales for May 2017

MfgrModel 5-17 Sales vs. 4-17 vs. 5-16 CY 2017 CY 17 vs 16 CY 2016 Current Month U.S. Share
ToyotaPrius Prime 1,908 4.9%47600.0% 8,073 25941.9% 31 22.07%
ChevroletVolt 1,817 0.6%-4.4% 9,187 16.7% 7,871 21.02%
FordFusion Energi 1,000 10.5%-31.2% 4,350 -21.4% 5,535 11.57%
FordC-Max Energi 950 31.9%76.6% 3,444 32.7% 2,595 10.99%
ChryslerPacifica 800 290.2%N/A 1,017 N/A - 9.25%
BMW3-Series Plug in 475 82.7%609.0% 1,373 1034.7% 121 5.49%
BMWX5 433 48.8%-13.4% 1,658 -16.9% 1,994 5.01%
AudiA3 Plug In 294 -2.3%-18.6% 1,796 13.0% 1,589 3.40%
HyundaiSonata Plug In* 225 -25.0%-10.0% 1,200 4.3% 1,150 2.60%
PorscheCayenne S E-Hybrid 174 -5.9%-8.9% 783 -20.9% 990 2.01%
BMW5-Series Plug in 147 1030.8%N/A 160 N/A - 1.70%
VolvoXC90 Plug In 146 0.7%32.7% 573 -31.8% 840 1.69%
KiaOptima Plug In 85 -1.2%N/A 312 N/A - 0.98%
MercedesS550 Plug In 83 2.5%207.4% 330 168.3% 123 0.96%
BMW7-Series Plug in 33 -73.2%N/A 251 N/A - 0.38%
MercedesGLE 550e Hybrid 33 -8.3%N/A 227 N/A - 0.38%
BMWi8 18 -21.7%-87.7% 198 -56.1% 451 0.21%
CadillacCT6 16 166.7%N/A 24 N/A - 0.19%
MercedesC350We Plug-in Hybrid 7 133.3%N/A 288 N/A - 0.08%
PorschePanamera S E-Hybrid 1 -50.0%-96.2% 9 -93.3% 134 0.01%
CadillacELR - -100.0%-100.0% 7 -98.3% 402 0.00%
Total PHEV 8,645 17.9%53.9% 35,260 48.0% 23,826
Total Auto Sales 1,509,633 6.5%-0.6% 6,937,739 -2.0% 7,080,663
Overall PHEV Rate0.57%0.51%0.34%
* Estimated

May 2017 Battery Electric Car Sales Numbers

Battery Electrics sold in the U.S. (May 2017): 8,037
Battery Electric Take-Rate: 0.53%

U.S. Battery Electric sales for May 2017

MfgrModel 5-17 Sales vs. 4-17 vs. 5-16 CY 2017 CY 17 vs 16 CY 2016 Current Month U.S. Share
TeslaModel X* 1,800 100.0%20.0% 7,000 42.9% 4,900 22.40%
TeslaModel S* 1,700 41.7%13.3% 8,900 0.0% 8,900 21.15%
ChevroletBolt 1,566 21.2%N/A 5,950 N/A - 19.48%
NissanLeaf 1,392 31.0%42.2% 5,742 22.2% 4,697 17.32%
BMWi3** 506 -1.9%-27.3% 2,425 6.7% 2,272 6.30%
VWe-Golf 381 24.1%41.6% 1,655 37.1% 1,207 4.74%
Fiat500e* 310 3.3%-20.1% 1,616 -5.2% 1,705 3.86%
FordFocus EV 132 5.6%144.4% 948 141.8% 392 1.64%
KiaSoul EV 129 -22.8%7.5% 736 53.7% 479 1.61%
HyundaiIoniq EV 75 294.7%N/A 99 N/A - 0.93%
MercedesB-Class Electric 46 -30.3%-6.1% 271 1.9% 266 0.57%
ChevroletSpark - -100.0%-100.0% 12 -99.2% 1,420 0.00%
Mitsubishii - -100.0%-100.0% 6 -62.5% 16 0.00%
SmartforTwo EV - -100.0%-100.0% 53 -83.1% 313 0.00%
Total BEV 8,037 34.8%33.4% 35,413 33.3% 26,567
Total Auto Sales 1,509,633 6.5%-0.6% 6,937,739 -2.0% 7,080,663
Overall BEV Take Rate0.53%0.51%0.38%
* Estimated
** Breakdown between electric and range extended model is not available.

May 2017 Compressed Natural Gas Car Sales Numbers

Compressed Natural Gass sold in the U.S. (May 2017): 0
Compressed Natural Gas Take-Rate: 0.00%

U.S. Compressed Natural Gas sales for May 2017

MfgrModel 5-17 Sales vs. 4-17 vs. 5-16 CY 2017 CY 17 vs 16 CY 2016 Current Month US Share
HondaCivic - N/AN/A - -100.0% 1 N/A
Total CNG - -100.0% - -100.0% 1
Total Auto Sales 1,509,633 6.5%-0.6% 6,937,739 -2.0% 7,080,663
Overall CNG Take Rate0.00%0.00%0.00%


May 2017 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Car Sales Numbers

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles sold in the U.S. (May 2017): 285
Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Take-Rate: 0.02%

U.S. Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle sales for May 2017

MfgrModel 5-17 Sales vs. 4-17 vs. 5-16 CY 2017 CY 17 vs 16 CY 2016 Current Month US Share
ToyotaMirai 162 52.8%305.0% 579 225.3% 178 56.84%
HondaClarity 119 250.0%N/A 245 N/A - 41.75%
HyundaiTucson 4 -20.0%0.0% 18 5.9% 17 1.40%
Total Fuel Cell 285 -3.4%547.7% 842 331.8% 195
Total Auto Sales 1,509,633 6.5%-0.6% 6,937,739 -2.0% 7,080,663
Overall Fuel Cell Take Rate0.02%0.01%0.00%

May 2017 Diesel Car Sales Numbers

Diesels sold in the U.S. (May 2017): 11,580
Diesel Take-Rate: 0.77

U.S. Diesel sales for May 2017

MfgrModel 5-17 Sales vs. 4-17 vs. 5-16 CY 2017 CY 17 vs 16 CY 2016 Current Month US Share
FordTransit Diesel* 4,830 20.0%1.2% 19,454 -13.2% 22,415 41.71%
VolkswagenGolf Sportwagon Diesel 1,819 28.4%N/A 3,236 N/A - 15.71%
VolkswagenPassat Diesel 1,147 49.2%N/A 1,916 N/A - 9.91%
VolkswagenJetta Diesel 937 47.1%N/A 1,574 N/A - 8.09%
ChevroletColorado Diesel 666 -11.6%12.3% 3,294 36.5% 2,413 5.75%
VolkswagenGolf Diesel 446 N/AN/A 446 N/A - 3.85%
GMCCanyon Diesel 310 -4.3%5.4% 1,502 38.6% 1,084 2.68%
BMW X5 Diesel 273 14.7%-6.2% 962 -3.6% 998 2.36%
Land RoverRange Rover Sport 228 -0.9%7.0% 1,517 5.6% 1,437 1.97%
JaguarF-Pace 175 30.6%N/A 1,256 N/A - 1.51%
Land RoverRange Rover 166 -19.4%14.5% 1,228 4.9% 1,171 1.43%
BMW 3-Series Diesel 138 23.2%-40.5% 620 -15.2% 731 1.19%
JaguarXE 125 -51.4%N/A 922 N/A - 1.08%
ChevroletCruze Diesel 104 31.6%845.5% 222 12.7% 197 0.90%
VolkswagenBeetle Diesel 91 106.8%N/A 135 N/A - 0.79%
JaguarXF 53 8.2%N/A 203 N/A - 0.46%
RamPromaster Van Diesel 42 55.6%44.8% 169 19.0% 142 0.36%
AudiA3 Diesel 30 400.0%N/A 36 N/A - 0.26%
AudiQ7 Diesel - N/AN/A - N/A - 0.00%
AudiQ5 Diesel - N/AN/A - N/A - 0.00%
AudiA6 Diesel - N/AN/A - N/A - 0.00%
AudiA7 Diesel - N/AN/A - N/A - 0.00%
AudiA8 Diesel - N/AN/A - N/A - 0.00%
BMW 5-Series Diesel - N/A-100.0% 40 -91.2% 452 0.00%
BMW 7-Series Diesel - N/AN/A - -100.0% 2 0.00%
BMW X3 Diesel - N/A-100.0% 22 -95.8% 522 0.00%
JeepGrand Cherokee Diesel - N/A-100.0% 725 -56.8% 1,678 0.00%
MaseratiGhibli - N/AN/A - N/A - 0.00%
MercedesC-Class Diesel - N/AN/A 10 N/A - 0.00%
MercedesE-Class Diesel - -100.0%-100.0% 16 -96.9% 516 0.00%
MercedesGL-Class Diesel - -100.0%-100.0% 15 -97.6% 633 0.00%
MercedesGLS-Class Diesel - N/AN/A - N/A - 0.00%
MercedesGLK Class Diesel - N/AN/A - -100.0% 28 0.00%
MercedesGLE-Class Diesel - N/A-100.0% 11 -98.0% 563 0.00%
MercedesML Class Diesel - N/AN/A 4 -81.8% 22 0.00%
Porsche Cayenne Diesel - N/AN/A - -100.0% 18 0.00%
RamRam Pickup Diesel* - N/A-100.0% 648 -96.9% 20,799 0.00%
VolkswagenTouareg Diesel - -100.0%N/A 1 N/A - 0.00%
Total Diesel 11,580 24.3%-2.5% 40,184 -28.0% 55,821 100.00%
Total Auto Sales 1,509,633 6.5%-0.6% 6,937,739 -2.0% 7,080,663
Overall Diesel Take Rate0.77%0.58%0.79%
* Estimated

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