Yes, the 2013 Ford F Series rang up 68,009 sales in June, which represented about 2,400 more units than all the green-car segments combined. But the latter categories were all in the black last month, and sales of hybrids, plug-ins, EVs, diesels, and CNG-powered vehicles all outpaced what was a fairly strong 9.1 percent growth rate for the industry as a whole. In fact, deliveries of plugless hybrid entries jumped by 30 percent according to data from the HybridCars.com Dashboard, reflecting the fact that these vehicles have, for all intents and purposes, become part of the mainstream automotive landscape. The Blue Oval’s best seller, for all its volume, increased sales by “only” 23.6 percent.
The Toyota Prii led the way for the green team and combined to tally 21,079 deliveries and a 10.1 percent spike in volume; interestingly, however, it’s the original, the Toyota Prius Liftback, that’s doing most of the work here. While its sales were up 22.2 percent, on 14,066 deliveries, the Toyota Prius c, v, and plug-in hybrid all endured drop-offs. Also notable: Much of the rest of the growth came in the midsize sedan segment, where the hybrid leaderboard looked like this:
Toyota Camry Hybrid—3,878 sales, up 11.7 percent
Ford Fusion Hybrid—3,057 sales, up 283.6 percent
Hyundai Sonata Hybrid—2,129 sales, up 13 percent
Kia Optima Hybrid—1,100 sales, up 17.9 percent
The only slippage came from the Chevy Malibu with eAssist, down 17.5 percent on 1,651 sales.
Other strong performers in June from the plugless hybrid portfolio included:
Ford C-MAX—2,889 sales in its first June on the market
Lexus CT200h—1,513 sales, up 9.1 percent
Toyota Avalon Hybrid—1,394 sales in its first June
Lincoln MKZ Hybrid—768 sales, up 70.3 percent