April: The cruise-control edition
The first full month of spring in 2017 marked continued growth in US demand for green vehicles, though at a slower pace than during the first quarter of the year. Americans boosted sales of hybrids, plug-ins, and a smattering ofhydrogen
fuel-cell vehicles by 6.5 percent from a year earlier to more than 38,000 units. For plug-ins alone, sales jumped 33 percent to about 13,500 vehicles.
US automakersGeneral Motors
, as well asHonda
, all reported positive momentum, and more than offset down months from companies such asToyota
green-car sales surged 34 percent from a year earlier to 3,539 units largely on a monthly-record 1,292 Chevrolet Boltelectric vehicles
sold. That offset the 8.9 percent decline sales for theChevy Volt
extended-range plug-in, which moved 1,807 units.
Nissan also came up big, boosting sales of its Leaf EV by 35 percent from a year earlier to 1,063 units. Ford also continued to increase green-car demand, which was up 20 percent to 7,517 units. Specifically,Ford Fusion Hybrid
sales more than doubled from a year earlier to 4,509 units, whileC-Max Energi
Plug-in Hybrid sales advanced 19 percent to 720 units.
Finally, Honda continues to benefit from comparatively anemic 2016 sales by increasing green-car demand almost fivefold to 1,937 units. TheHonda Accord Hybrid
accounted for 1,787 of those vehicles.
Such advances more than offset weaker months from BMW, Toyota and Audi. Toyota's green-car sales fell 12 percent from a year earlier to 18,855 units. Combined, the fourPrius
variants' sales declined 19 percent to 9,708 vehicles, whileCamry
, andHighlander Hybrid
sales were also all down. Additionally, Lexus hybrid sales fell 19 percent. BMW's i plug-in sub-brand recorded a 43-percent drop in sales to 539 units. And Audi's sales of itsA3
Sportback e-tron declined 6.2 percent to 301 units.
Through the first four months of the year, US green-car sales rose 18 percent to about 150,000 vehicles, while plug-in vehicle sales have climbed 51 percent to more than 52,000 units.
via Autoblog http://www.autoblog.com
May 4, 2017 at 08:47AM