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August 2013: Everything’s coming up green edition

After plateauing earlier this year, US green car sales are settling into a steady pattern of chalking up year-over-year increases in the 30 percent to 50 percent range. Last month, Toyota and Ford both sold their hybrids to a broader range of customers. Plug-in vehicle sales also received a boost after the Chevrolet Volt extended-range plug-in, Nissan Leaf and Toyota RAV4 EV battery-electrics and Toyota Prius, Ford Fusion Energi and Ford C-Max Energi Plug-in Hybrids all set monthly sales records. Add it up, and Americans bought 72,175 hybrids, plug-ins or diesels in August, up 46 percent from a year earlier. Plug-in sales rose even faster, doubling year-earlier figures to 9,431 units.

Add it up, and Americans bought 72,175 hybrids, plug-ins or diesels in August, up 46 percent from 2012.

Toyota continues to be the green-car leader by far, boosting sales 34 percent from a year earlier to 38,799 units. Prius sales rose 28 percent to 27,358 units as all four Prius variants improved their year-over-year numbers. Notably, the Prius Plug-in Hybrid sold a monthly record 1,791 units. The RAV4 EV moved a record 231 units, or almost 10 percent of Toyota’s total allotment.
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