• Oct 3, 2011
It's that time of month again. September 2011 sales in the U.S. have been tallied (see plug-in results here) and so we took a look at the good-old green standby, hybrid vehicles. With quake-related vehicle production issues more or less out of the picture, output of most hybrid vehicles is back on track, even if demand isn't.

For September, Toyota Prius sales came in at 9,325 units, down a bit from the 9,491 units sold in August and a couple thousand units shy of the 11,394 Priuses sold in September a year ago. The Honda CR-Z edged out the Honda Insight, with 537 versus 512 units sold, respectively. Meanwhile, sales of the Honda Civic Hybrid continued to slump, coming in at 305 units, up from the 106 gas-electric Civics sold in August. Though not a hybrid, the hydrogen Honda FCX Clarity tallied one unit sold in September, down 50 percent compared to the pair of FCX Clarity sedans sold in September of 2010 (aren't statistics wonderful?).

Luxury automaker Lexus reports that sales of the CT 200h rang in at 1,444 in September, down from August's mark of 2,087. And the not-so-hot Lexus HS 250h fared only okay with sales of 231 units, compared to 711 sold in September of 2010.

Overall, Toyota-Lexus posted September sales of 12,123 hybrid vehicles, a decrease of 18.5 percent compared to September of 2010. Lexus' hybrids accounted for 2,351 of those vehicles, leaving Toyota with 9,772 hybrids sold. Overall, the automaker sold 121,451 vehicles last month. We'll update this post as more sales numbers – particularly from Ford and Hyundai – become available. For details on plug-in vehicle sales, click here.

*UPDATE: Ford's numbers are in, with the Blue Oval reporting Fusion Hybrid sales of 552, Lincoln MKZ Hybrid sales at 455 and sales of the gas-electric Escape at 566 units for the month of September.
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American Honda Reports September Sales

Honda trucks post 7.0-percent increase


10/03/2011 - TORRANCE, Calif.

American Honda Motor Co., Inc., posted September sales of 89,532 vehicles, a decrease of 8.0 percent, the company announced today. American Honda year-to-date sales reached 859,797, down 6.2 percent versus last year, based on the daily selling rate*.

Honda Division posted September sales of 79,522, a drop of 8.2 percent versus September 2010. Honda trucks posted sales of 41,375, an increase of 7.0 percent due to strong sales of the CR-V, Pilot and Odyssey. The CR-V was the top-selling model for September, with sales of 19,604, up 9.5 percent. The Pilot posted a sales increase of 27.9 percent on sales of 10,306. The Accord recorded sales of 18,639, down 13.8 percent and the Civic, which is nearing full production, posted monthly sales of 13,724, down 26.4 percent.

"Our U.S. manufacturing facilities are finally up to full production and the results are starting to show with increased CR-V, Pilot and Odyssey sales," said John Mendel, American Honda executive vice president of sales. "Truckloads of new vehicles began arriving the last week of September and shoppers can now feel more confident that they will find what they want at their local Honda dealer."

Acura Division recorded September sales of 10,010, a decrease of 6.6 percent versus September 2010, and year-to-date sales of 89,146, down 7.9 percent. The TSX was the top-selling Acura model for the month with record September sales of 3,112 up 37.9 percent.

*The daily selling rate (DSR) is calculated with 25 days for September 2011 and 25 days for September 2010. Year-to-date DSR is calculated with 229 days for 2011 and 228 days for 2010. All percentages reflect DSR.

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      Harry
      • 3 Years Ago
      I am surprised to see Ford isn't selling more of the FFH and MKZ. They are nice, solid, semi-sporty cars and 39 real world mpg is pretty sweet. If I sell my current car my gas use per year would drop from 620 gallons (I get 19 mpg and drive a thousand miles a month) to around 300 gallons with the FFH, and down to around 240 gallons if I bought a Prius. I would like to buy just 20 gallons a month with the Prius, but I think 25 gallons a month in the Fusion would be even better, since the FFH just feels more fun to drive. Got to love any car that gets more than 30 mpg and seats 4 adults, though. It is great to have so many different high mileage vehicles to choose from now. I think my car is going to get the heave-ho soon.
      Ford Future
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm saving a small fortune in gas with the Honda Insight. And enjoying great handling. The US needs better School systems.
        Smith Jim
        • 18 Hours Ago
        @Ford Future
        I love my Honda Insight. I just got back from visiting my brother who lives 30 miles from my house. On my round trip I averaged 50.5 MPG at highway speeds between 65 and 70 MPH. I can't believe Honda is not selling more Honda Insights. It's the best green car for the money IMHO.
      • 18 Hours Ago
      I'm confused I thought the earth would be destoryed in 1990 when Ted Danson came on the T.V. and said if AMerica's McDonalds does not get rid of all of the styrofom the oceans will dry up completely. I will take envioMENTALism more seriously when some envioMENTALists acknowledge the fact that Russia, China, or countries bigger than America need to stop polluting, without feel fear of being called racist and bigoted! Until then enviorMANTALism is a joke and I will keep laughing as I cut down the trees in my yard and drive my polluting green SUV and leave every light on in my house to celebrate Earth Day
      theflew
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's funny that you don't mention the Volt. Everyone is always trying to lump it in with other hybrids. On this account the Volt is the third best selling hybrid. Only the Prius and Lexus CT 200h outsell it.
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 18 Hours Ago
        @theflew
        yup.. electric cars don't have gas tanks.
          theflew
          • 18 Hours Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          It's an electric car that carriers it's generator.
          Spec
          • 18 Hours Ago
          @2 Wheeled Menace
          Oh don't start that war. PHEV seems to be a good descriptor . . . Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle. Or serial hybrid to distinguish it from the Plug-in Prius.
      Roy_H
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Volt is a hybrid, September sales of 723. Should have been included in the article. Still a distant 3rd from Prius at 9491 and Lexus CT-200H at 1444. Expect next month for Volt to move up to 2nd place, but will remain at about half of Prius sales. I expect Prius sales to fall as hybrid customers choose from a wider range of vehicles.
      Andrew Richard Rose
      • 3 Years Ago
      Come on , tell us who bought the Clairities mentioned above, Of course the price paid will be a secret ?
        2 Wheeled Menace
        • 18 Hours Ago
        @Andrew Richard Rose
        They didn't even sell it. It's on lease. I think the lease is $600/mo+ and you can only get a lease if you are a Southern Californian of a certain prestige..
        JakeY
        • 18 Hours Ago
        @Andrew Richard Rose
        Yeah like 2WM says, it's lease only, and you basically have to be a celebrity or some other kind of important person in Southern California to get one. Honda never disclosed the cost, but given the low volume and it be hydrogen, it likely costs close to a million to make. They only have a target of 200 world wide for 2009-2011.
      EVSUPERHERO
      • 3 Years Ago
      Chevy and Fords US sales are up 20 percent fueled by pickups. Toyota US sales are down 17 percent. @theflew Volt? The Volt outsold the Karma 1000 to 1.
        Smith Jim
        • 18 Hours Ago
        @EVSUPERHERO
        Yes, that's true but the monthly growth rate of Fisker Karma sales is amazing!
      • 18 Hours Ago
      Have fun replacing those batteries in a few years people. Glad that big chunk of change isn't coming out of my pocket - I VERY happy with my 2011 Honda Accord!
        • 18 Hours Ago
        Mike - glad to see you're living in the past. The evidence so far is that the hybrid batteries basically last the life of the car. And in the rare case they do need to be replaced, it's about the same price as a new transmission. There's multiple cases of people hitting 300K miles on their Prius with the original batteries, one guy is at 430K miles and counting.
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