The fact that auto sales are down from the levels recorded a year ago is no surprise. In fact, it's a bit of a broken record. Note that on Autoblog's monthly By the Numbers post, there's not a hint of green to be seen anywhere, indicating that sales numbers were down across the board for all automakers. That doesn't mean there isn't at least a bit of good news to glean from the doom-and-gloomy sales figures. For instance, both Ford and General Motors posted smaller sales decreases than expected. More intriguing, though, may be last month's uptick in hybrid vehicle market share when compared to the previous month of April.

According to Green Car Advisor, new car sales were up by 12.9 percent last month over the previous month, while hybrid sales, at a grand total of 25,693, were up 18.2 percent from April. Recently introduced models like the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Honda Insight definitely help these figures somewhat, but nearly all individual models posted gains over the previous month. Further, the new 2010 Toyota Prius is a virtual lock to boost figures significantly higher, so there's reason to expect good things from hybrids throughout the rest of 2009.

[Source: Green Car Advisor]

Share This Photo X