• Feb 4th 2011 at 7:09PM
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It's that time again: January sales numbers are in and gas-electric hybrids started the New Year off by posting gains of 12 percent compared to the same month a year ago. Hybrid sales did decline by 32 percent compared to December, but it's unfair to compare January's numbers to those posted at the close of 2010, a time when automakers scrambled to reach annual sales targets and provided incentives to get consumers into showrooms.

Toyota accounted for 70 percent of total hybrid sales for January, a 10 percent improvement over the mark it set a year ago. The gas-electric Prius tallied 10,653 sales in January, retaining its top spot as the best-selling hybrid vehicle in the U.S. The Honda Insight, with 1,554 units sold, placed second and was followed by the Ford Fusion Hybrid, which racked up 969 sales in January. Coming in fifth was the Honda CR-Z, with 894 units sold.

Some models, such as the Lexus HS 250h, Ford Escape Hybrid and the Lexus RX450h lost ground in January 2011, but others, like the Honda Civic Hybrid and Toyota Highlander Hybrid posted substantial gains. Want the full details? Head over to Hybrid Cars for a model-by-model breakdown of gas-electric sales for January 2011.

Photos copyright ©2010 Steven J. Ewing / AOL

[Source: Hybrid Cars]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I am surprised that the Fusion Hybrid and the Escape Hybrid didn't sell more vehicles. Maybe Ford is just trying to get too much of a premium for them, because they both are impressive vehicles to ride in. Haven't driven either, but friends have Escape hybrids and they are very nice. The Fusion is a car I rented in its regular form and I liked the way it handled and the ergonomics of the dash and seat.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The gripe I've heard from Ford engineers is that Ford is stuck buying their hybrid transmission from Aisin. Toyota owns and controls Aisin, Toyota effectively limits the transmissions that they sell to Ford. Basically Ford gets any excess capacity that is not being used by the Prius, whose transmission is also made by Aisin.

        This is why Ford constantly talks about moving they hybrid transmission production away from Aisin. The problem is, I suspect, that since Aisin's volumes are so high and costs so low, buying from anyone else would cost more.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Clearly the Prius has become synonymous with hybrid...
      • 4 Years Ago
      It would be nice to include diesel cars in this posting.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good old ABG, reporting pointless monthly fluctuations.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Prius outsold Volt by more than 33 to 1 ratio. Wait until the PHV Prius, Prius v and Prius C come out.
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