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.