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Electric And Hybrid Car Sales Continue To Climb In 2013

nissan-leaf-chargerWith more hybrid cars on the market than ever, it should come as no surprise that sales of hybrid vehicles continue to grow month after month. 2013 could prove to be a watershed year for hybrid cars though, with sales of both pure electric and hybrid vehicles putting on strong showings in an increasingly competitive car market.

The Chevy Volt surged to nearly 2700 sales in June of 2013, and year-to-date sales of GM’s plug-in hybrid are up by nearly a 1,000 units over 2012 (8817 to 9855). This is especially promising, given that several strong contenders in the plug-in hybrid market have emerged in recent months, especially from Ford and Toyota.
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Ford has proven an especially able contender, with its new C-Max Hybrid, Ford Fusion Hybrid, and C-Max Energi plug-in hybrid snatching away sales despite questions regarding the official MPG numbers. Ford hybrid sales in 2013 are up 400% compared to the same period in 2012, thanks largely to these new hybrid options.

If anyone is suffering from these new options, it is the Toyota Prius, which has seen its sales fall by almost 8% compared to the first half of 2012. Of course even with three other Prius models cannibalizing sales, the standard Prius remains far and away the biggest competitor for the hybrid crown.
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