• May 5th 2010 at 7:57AM
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2010 Toyota Prius – Click above for high-res image gallery

Last month's sales figures show that the overall vehicle market is increasing by leaps and bounds. The total market for April increased almost 20 percent over the same month last year. Hybrid vehicles saw gains again, but the numbers pale in comparison to the overall market increase. Hybrid sales for April increased a mere 1.2 percent over March and 8.4 percent over April of last year. Total hybrid sales came in at 23,561 for April compared to 22,400 for March.

Once again on top in hybrid sales is the reigning champion, the Toyota Prius. Sales of the Prius shot up to 12,555 units for April, an increase of 6.5 percent over March and a whopping 50 percent over last April. If you also guessed Toyota still leads all automakers in hybrid sales, you're right again. The Honda Insight had a strong showing, posting a 14 percent increase over March numbers. Okay, enough of the winners.. Check after the jump for a breakdown of hybrid sales by model, where you'll note that only four Saturn Vue hybrids were sold last month.

[Source: HybridCars]

Hybrid Vehicle Sales for April 2010

BMW X6 xDrive ActiveHybrid - 21
Cadillac Escalade Hybrid - 21
Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid - 67
Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid - 107
Chevrolet Tahoe Hybrid - 141
Ford Escape Hybrid - 1048
Ford Fusion Hybrid - 1516
GMC Yukon Hybrid - 144
GMC Sierra Hybrid - 54
Honda Civic Hybrid - 621
Honda Insight - 1880
Lexus GS 450h - 25
Lexus HS 250h - 1076
Lexus LS 600h - 7
Lexus 450h - 1232
Mazda Tribute Hybrid - 58
Mercedes S400 Hybrid - 108
Mercedes ML450 Hybrid - 37
Mercury Mariner Hybrid - 71
Mercury Milan Hybrid - 91
Nissan Altima Hybrid - 330
Saturn VUE Hybrid - 4
Toyota Camry Hybrid - 1655
Toyota Highlander Hybrid - 692
Toyota Prius – 12555

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gas is relatively cheap right now. Hybrid sales seem to be closely tied to the price of gas.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That is true. However, the fact remains that, except for the Prius and the Insight, all other hybrids are overpriced at a time in which:
      a) jobs are scarce;
      b) pay, benefits and hours have been capped for many people who were fortunate to keep their jobs; and
      c) credit is tighter than it was a few years ago (that's the only good thing).

      As long as (a) and (b) are true, then the price of gas will mostly influence the sales towards more fuel-efficient ICE cars and the above-mentioned Prius and Insight. The expensive hybrid sales will improve modestly and SUV sales will drop (thankfully).
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