• Apr 5th 2011 at 10:55AM
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2011 Lexus CT 200h – Click above for high-res image gallery

It's that time again: March 2011 sales have been tallied and hybrid vehicles posted gains of 46.4 percent compared to the same month last year. They shot up an almost identical 46.5 percent compared to February 2011. Overall, sales of hybrid models hit 34,082 units in March, accounting for 2.74 percent of the 1,241,951 vehicles sold in the U.S. last month.

Once again, the Toyota Prius stood atop the gas-electric segment, racking up 18,605 sales in March. The Honda Insight, with 2,782 units sold, retained second place. The Lexus CT 200h, a newbie in the hybrid segment, captured third with 2,199 units sold. The Honda CR-Z and Ford Fusion Hybrid finished the month in fourth and fifth places, respectively.

Sales of the Nissan Leaf in the U.S. soared by an astronomical 344.8 percent in March, as compared to February, but with only 298 units sold last month, Nissan's electric hatch trailed the Chevy Volt by 310.

Want all the details? Head on over to Hybrid Cars for a model-by-model breakdown of hybrid, clean diesel and plug-in vehicle sales for March 2011.

Photos copyright ©2010 Damon Lavrinc / AOL

[Source: Hybrid Cars]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      So much for all those Lexus hybrid haters, bleating on about how nobody was buying the CT200h!

      Well done Toyota, and Lexus, with a nod to Ford.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The HS Lexus is an odd vehicle for Lexus. It was originally designed to be an entry level mid-Lise vehicle for those who bought the old ES model.

        The HS was never released in Europe, Australia or even Asia, except for Japan, since it would compete with the much newer, and cheaper Camry Hybrid.

        HS sales, started well in the US, but after two disastrous recalls, the product lost appeal and has languished since. The product has all sorts of innovative gadgetry, very impressive to the Asian market, but not to Americans. ( the plastics are all plant derived and the whole car is 85% recyclable, cameras that can see round corners etc) .

        But I agree, the HS is an oddball in the US market, and an ageing concept for Lexus to pursue. Because of it's age and profitability, the last of these vehicles sold still make a profit so Toyota will continue the product until sales are no longer profitable.

        This is not immoral, just business! Some people obviously still like the model!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @John H.,
        Yeah, the Camry Hybrid/Lexus HS drivetrain is tired, Toyota needs a better 2-liter hybrid system. Ford Fusion Hybrid gets 41 / 36!
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not the CT people are poking at, but the Lexus HS.

        The Lexus HS is the laughingstock of the Lexus family.

        This month, dying-on-the-vine Lincoln basically sold as many hybrid MKZ as Lexus has sold year-to-date.

        Same story with the similarly-priced Chevy Volt - roughly as many Volt sold in March as Lexus HS sold year-to-date.

        Toyota should take the HS out behind the barn and put it out of its misery - it's a clear failure in the market and embarrassment to the company.

        But I'm sure FoolTard will be able to explain how the Lexus HS is actually some kind of success, and I can't wait to hear is explanation...
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Volt sales for March are over 2000 (we'll know exactly how many tomorrow). That puts the ct 200h and the Volt in the same volume of sales. So ...wolf2000, check your numbers and the conclusions you draw from them. I own a Volt and my buddy owns a ct 200h; he regrets not buying the Volt. Take the two for a test drive and you will see an enourmous difference in fuel consumption, ride quality, and interrior features, and technology features. The ct is very noisy and thrashy (lots of engine vibration and noise)...and for all the noise it makes it certainly does not go anywhere. It is very slow. Volt sales will continue to grow as word of mouth spreads (God knows the marketing has been terrible) and gas prices continue to rise. By the way, I have driven 10 300 km and I have used 50 litres of gas and used 130 dollars in electricity. Do the math...no brainer. The gas guzzling SUV I dumped used to cost me 400 dollars per month in fuel consumption.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the bigger news is Clean diesel sales up 47.6 % vs 2010 compared to the 25% increase in hybrid sales over same time last year. That's an interesting stat in itself.

      Source Hybridcars.com
      • 4 Years Ago
      Fuel costs make a difference. This was going to happen anyway, but this just speeds it up a little.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wonder how these numbers are going to change once Buick eAssist becomes available in quantity and standardized across the line...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Buicks have been at the top of American cars for a long time. With a Buick you get your money's worth. They seem to be very popular in China, and the Chinese are very good with their money. Buicks have been among the most economical cars in their class. This E assist should keep them there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      CT200h's main competitor A3 TDI sold only 249 last month. I guess it ran out of gas after the tax credit expired. For every A3 TDI sold, Lexus sold NINE CT200h.

      For every Volt sold, Lexus sold FOUR CT200h. Keep in mind that Chevy (not luxury brand) Volt has $7,500 tax credit and CT200h has zero incentive.

      Cordless hybrids saves the most gas because they provide the best bang for the buck and that creates multiplication effect. Just look at the number of Prii sold (18,605)!
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Lexus CT has a net price is priced like a Leaf, not like a Volt. If you want to compare apples-to-oranges, perhaps you should compare Lexus CT sales with Honda Civic or Chevy Cruze sales.

        The Lexus HS has a net price like a Volt, and the Volt handily crushes it in sales every month.
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