Despite a 25-percent fall in April for the Toyota Prius, hybrid sales are alive and well... and over twice as high in 2005 as they were in 2004. Gasoline-electric vehicle registrations jumped 139 percent to 199,148 thanks to new introductions by Toyota, including the Highlander Hybrid and the Lexus RX400h, as well as the hybrid model of the Mercury Mariner and the new Honda Civic Hybrid.

Hybrids still make up only around 1 percent of the auto market, but the growth has been immense. As a point of reference, the number of hybrids sold in 2000 totaled out at just over 7,000.

 


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