• Oct 7th 2010 at 12:55PM
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September was a dismal month for hybrids. The Toyota Prius racked up 11,394 sales, but fell 405 units short of reaching the mark it set in August. The Honda Insight dropped from the 2,030 sales reported in August down to just 1,679 and even the sporty CR-Z managed only a meager 1,236 units in its first full month on the market. Heck, even Toyota and Lexus, the hybrid duo that dominates the segment, dipped down slightly and finished the month with only 14,871 sales.

Okay, we're sure you get the point. Hybrid sales tanked. In fact, only one mainstream hybrid vehicle managed to record a year-over-year increase and month-over-month boost as well. Your gut might have told you that the Toyota Prius managed to keep sales up but, as we told you, the reigning hybrid king didn't fare so well. Now, if you'd guessed that the Honda Civic Hybrid was the lone gas-electric vehicle to post increases across the board, you'd have been right. Honda reported that 667 Civic Hybrids were sold this September, representing a whopping 338.8-percent increase over the same month last year when the company sold only 152 units. Admittedly, 667 vehicles is nothing compared to the high-water mark of 11,394 units set by the Prius, but that 338.8 percent increase is definitely worth a mention.

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[Source: Mother Nature Network]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      "...representing a whopping 338.8-percent increase over the same month last year..."

      Why are all the other comparisons to last month (August 10) but the Civic is compared to September of last year? Is this suppose to be a meaningful comparison? I don't see any value in this story.
        • 8 Months Ago
        It is a pretty standard metric to compare sales of one month in one year to the same month of last year.

        I suppose it is some sort of 'seasonal adjustment' type thing.

        I agree, it is really a non-story. Regular autoblog posts these numbers for all manufacturers and doesn't try to make a story out of each little itty bitty number.
      • 4 Years Ago
      More useless stuff from ABG, and a Great find Dave R:

      Month to Month comparisons are utterly pointless, but good for making up silly misleading headlines. Because an oddly poor month a year ago can be made to look like a massive sales surge.

      Full annual sales tell a much more realistic story and even then you have to consider the impact of subsidies and other factors.

      Lets look Civic Hybrid Sales using the much more comprehensive numbers from the link provided by Dave R.

      Civic Hybrid:
      September vs September: + 338.8%
      Full YTD vs same period last year: - 63.6%

      So in reality Civic Hybrid sales are down significantly this year. Judging by recent massive boost in numbers I am betting, it was a utterly dismal first half of the year for Civic Hybrid that has lead to massive deals to move Civic Hybrids in recent months.

      Every time I see pointless stories like this on ABG, I have to wonder, why it even exists, why not just fold the stories into regular AB and tag them green. If there even are any different stories.
        • 8 Months Ago

        Honda also started handing out special financing on all the Civic models, starting in September.


        I am sure the regular Civic saw a sales boost too; even though it is very long in the tooth, it's still a desirable model.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So does this officially mean that the Prius constipation is over ?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Instead of looking at gross sales - how did sales of these models do compared to the rest of the market? In other words, market share? Did hybrids maintain or lose market share last month compared to the previous month / year / etc.
        • 8 Months Ago
        For example, this article on hybridcars.com is much more informative:


        So instead of regurgitating old news here, ABG - how about doing some real reporting and investigative work?
        • 8 Months Ago
        Good info, man!

        Kinda sad to see that the Ford Fusion hybrid is right down there with the Honda Insight!
        Hm.. someone bought a saturn aura last month? lol.. poor thing must have been collecting spiderwebs on the lot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "...the sporty CR-Z managed only a meager ..."

      LOL, and also in the new, CR-Z has the shorts days on a car lot due to supply and demand.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Not exactly accurate on the CRZ. My local dealer in Southern California still does not have one. The release date was at the end of the month here. So the "full month" is largely fictional.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What Eric said: "Hybrid sales tanked"

      What Eric meant to say: Hybrid sales for Honda and Toyota have increased since the same month back in 2009. Sales compared to last month are up for Honda and are down about 3% for Toyota (not bad considering that there is a brand new hybrid vehicle on the market).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Could it be that Hybrid buyers are waiting for the Volt and Leaf?

      If I were buying a new car today, I'd be looking at a Leaf.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought the Insight was basically replacing the Civic Hybrid? Seems more than a little bit redundant to sell both.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Everyone's been selling more cars. So they sold ~200 more units. Wahoo.

      Give us some real news, ABG. There is plenty of stuff on alternative energy on ecogeek or treehugger to pilfer. Be like regular autoblog and don't be afraid to get off topic when you don't have any news. It's better than articles like this.

      If it weren't for the community of intelligent people here, i would probably not browse here anymore, because the news quality has dropped quite a bit in recent years. At least find some *quality* filler if you don't have anything real to report.
        • 8 Months Ago
        I realized my numbers were off a minute after posting. I figured my point about ABG would be more pertinent. but oh well.

        But i meant to make a statement about the quality of news on here. There are more than a few stories that aren't even comment worthy. ABG looks like a ghost town sometimes. It's sad.
        • 8 Months Ago
        LOL at Middleway. All one has to do is read one of your post and find out you have some blind ignorant hatred about Honda products.

        Clearly this news pissed you off really big time.

        HAHAHhahahahh h a h a h a
        • 8 Months Ago
        I'm going to assume that you just wanted to crap on the thread and really didnt think much about what you were saying.

        338% increase resulted in 667 sales. Your first mistake. That's 465 more sales over the previous year. Lets assume for illustrative purposes here that no upgraded models were sold and every single extra sale was a base model. ($24k msrp)

        That's 24,000 * 465 = $11,160,000 (ie otherwise known as a hefty chunk of change)
        • 8 Months Ago
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