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USA: Over 6,000 plug-in sales lead October alt-fuel sales rise

By Danny King RSS feed

Posted Nov 6th 2012 11:29AM
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We’d say that the U.S. plug-in vehicle market’s starting to fire on all cylinders, but then again, cylinders pretty much defeat the purpose, don’t they?

Monthly-record sales of the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in and the second-best month ever for the Nissan Leaf all-electric helped spur October alt-fuel vehicle sales to a 76 percent jump over 2011 figures.

Plug-in vehicle sales totaled 6,784 units, the third-consecutive monthly record.

Plug-in vehicle sales totaled 6,784 units, the third-consecutive monthly record. General Motors moved 2,961 Volts, while Nissan sold 1,579 Leafs, which trailed only June 2011’s 1,708 units sold in the ranking of top US monthly sales. Ford moved a monthly-record 118 Focus Electrics, while the U.S. automaker recorded its first sales of its C-Max Energy Plug-in Hybrid, tallying 144 units last month. Mitsubishi maintained its low-volume pace with 30 units sold of the i EV.

Overall, automakers sold more than 46,000 alt-fuel vehicles, exceeding the necessary pace for U.S. annual alt-fuel sales to surpass 500,000 units for the first time ever.

Toyota continued as alpha dog, boosting sales by 70 percent compared to 2011.

Toyota continued as alpha dog, boosting sales by 70 percent compared to 2011 to 24,065 units. The Japanese automaker moved 16,774 Prius hybrids, including 3,328 Prius C compacts, 2,768 Prius V wagons and 1,889 Prius Plug-in Hybrids. Toyota also sold 2,986 Camry Hybrids, while the automaker’s Lexus badge boosted hybrid sales by 46 percent from a year earlier to 3,792 units.

Along with record Volt sales, GM more than tripled year-earlier alt-fuel sales to 5,710 units, including more than 2,500 of its mild-hybrid Buick LaCrosse, Buick Regal and Chevrolet Malibu eAssist models.
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