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Who’s Winning the Race in Electric Car Sales? (TM, F, GM, HMC, TSLA) Read more: Who’s Winning the Race in Electric Car Sales? (TM, F, GM, HMC, TSLA)

U.S. sales of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) are running nearly 68% higher in the first 10 months of 2012 compared with the same period in 2011. Total vehicle sales are up 13.8% according to the latest data from

The top seller remains Toyoto Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM), with Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F), General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM), Honda Motor Co. Ltd. (NYSE: HMC), and Tesla Motors Inc. (NASDAQ: TSLA) all showing year-over-year growth.

Hybrid electric vehicles garnered 3.06% of new car sales in October 2012, compared with 1.97% in October of 2011. A total of 33,290 hybrids were sold this October compared with 20,056 a year ago. For the current year to date, a total of 355,806 hybrids have been sold, up 67.8% from the October 2011 total of 211,596. All new car sales year-to-date total 11,949,690.

Toyota, with three Prius models and one Camry hybrid, sold 24,065 HEVs in October 2012, compared with 14,185 in October 2011. Last year, Toyota only had a single Prius model available in October 2011. Toyota also sold 3,787 of its various Lexus model hybrids this October, compared with 2,596 Lexus models last year.

Ford sold 3,038 of its brand new C-Max hybrid in October this year, 956 of its Fusion hybrids, 9 Escape hybrids, 465 Lincoln MK-Z hybrids, and 262 plug-ins for a total of 4,730 vehicles sold. Last year the company sold just 1,430 hybrids of the smaller hybrids. Ford sold 477 Lincoln MK-Z’s a year ago.



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