• Oct 16, 2009
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There's no doubt about which automaker leads the hybrid vehicle race. Toyota – and particularly the Japanese automaker's Prius hybrid – outsells all other manufacturers combined. In total, Automotive News calculates that Toyota sold 144,351 hybrid vehicles in the first nine months of 2009, which actually represents a 28-percent drop from the previous year.

So far this year, Honda has come in second with its new Insight, but that position is currently in jeopardy. The 26,016 hybrid vehicles sold by Ford in the first nine months of the year represents an impressive 73-percent gain from last year. Honda has sold 29,958 hybrids so far in '09, representing a much smaller eight-percent increase. In both July and September, Ford actually sold more hybrids than Honda.

In other words, Ford, led by its Escape Hybrid and new-for-2010 Fusion Hybrid, is gaining on Honda at a very rapid pace. Moving on down the line, General Motors slots in at number four with 12,556 total hybrid so far this year and Nissan's 7,713 units make it the number five hybrid seller in the U.S.



[Source: Automotive News - Sub. Req'd]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Well I sure hope they pass Honda with hybrids. Honda doesn't build anything worth buying. Ford has much better vehicles in general and a superior hybrid line-up for those who want it. Toyota and Ford clearly have the best choices in this area.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hey Matt and Brian...

      ...you mad?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm curious if this includes fleet sales. I see Hybrid Escapes as taxis all over the place. Regardless, nicely done with the Fusion hybrid.

      Has anyone actually seen a Milan hybrid? I've only seen one regular Milan, but no hybrids at all.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I live in Hoboken, but they're all over NYC and north and central NJ. There are plenty of Crown Vic taxis, and some vans, but Escape Hybrids are the OTHER taxi around here.
        • 5 Years Ago
        What part of the country are you in? I've never seen an Escape hybrid taxi. Lots of Crown Victorias, Windstars, and Siennas.
        stealthebeatles
        • 5 Years Ago
        I saw a few in New York when I was there, but I can't remember having seen any in Chicago (and I'm there far more often).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Big news there. With as small as Ford's hybrid lineup is, that is great. This just further puts Ford up to take on Toyota. I think the Escape Hybrid is a big player, but also the Fusion Hybrid. For once, a very attractive hybrid car with very respectable MPG and features outside of the non-hybrid model.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If most of hybrids are sold in California (isn't it?) Ford has long way to go. (Even though sales of Taurus may indicate some shift in perception on Ford in California.)
      • 5 Years Ago
      If Honda had as many fleet sales as Ford did with their hybrids, this would not be happening. Companies are too afraid to buy foreign brands, so they swallow their pride and buy craptastic American junk. I have only been to America twice, but most of the American cars I saw on the road were either taxis or police cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        " I have only been to America twice" - with that attitude I wouldn't advise a third attempt.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      Couple things. There are numerous reports of Escape Hybrids in Taxi service in NY and San Francisco exceeding 300,000 miles of service. So much for durability concerns. Also, I have not heard anything lately about Ford developing a more reliable source for its hybrid batteries. In the past that was one of the biggest factors in limiting sales. IIRC Ford was sourcing their batteries from Panasonic who is part of a Japanese manufacturing cartel that includes Toyota. Not a good situation...
      gadvrules9000
      • 5 Years Ago
      inb4MattandBrian...
        • 5 Years Ago
        @gadvrules9000
        you should do that more often. I noticed if their not first, they don't post! Not here anyway! ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        @gadvrules9000
        Matt and Brian who?
        gadvrules9000
        • 5 Years Ago
        @gadvrules9000
        Hahhaha, yeah I should. They both annoy me as hell.
      • 5 Years Ago
      "Toyota sold 144,351 hybrid vehicles in the first nine months of 2009, which actually represents a 28-percent drop from the previous year."

      WOW that's a huge drop!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Toyota gets credit for selling the Prius, Camry, Highlander, GS450h, LS600h, RX400h/RX450h, and the new HS250h. 7 models compared to Ford's 4 (with Mercury variants, 5 if you count the Tribute). I think that's an impressive gain for just one year. Even with it's dedicated hybrid model, Honda should be worried. Kudos to Ford for not half-assing their hybrid attempts thus far a la GM.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Honda is a little slow of the big three Japanese car brands. They need to spend on R&D and increase their product lineup. Ford is just recovering market share but kudos to their new Ford Fusion Hybrid.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Congrats Ford.
      • 5 Years Ago
      ford needs to depreciate the hybrid fusion from the regular fusion with some more external prompts...

      How about a hatch back... (dont kill me guys)

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