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
June Auto Sales: Plug-in Hybrids and EVs
Plug-in vehicles enjoyed particularly robust June growth, although the segment’s 163.5 percent volume increase resulted in a modest 8,742 sales—more than 1,000 fewer than the Toyota Tundra rang up last month. Still, 13 different electric entries snagged at least some sales during that time, and it was a familiar face back on top: The Chevy Volt, buoyed by a 53.3 percent sales advance, rang up 2,698 deliveries in June to best the newly resurgent Nissan LEAF by roughly 475 units; and that’s despite LEAF sales leaping ahead by 315.9 percent. Tesla also managed to crack the four-figure mark in terms of June sales, with an estimated 1,800 deliveries of its Tesla Model S (exact sales figures for which are not reported by its maker).
Also sparking some interest from customers last month:
Toyota Prius Plug-in—584 sales (but down 16 percent)
Ford C-MAX Energi—455 sales in its first June
Ford Fusion Energi—390 sales in its first June
Honda Fit EV—207 sales in its first June
Ford Focus EV—177 sales, up 98.9 percent
June Auto Sales: Diesels and CNG Vehicles
Results were hit-and-miss in the diesel categories, although there was an especially important debut here: Just landing in dealerships last month, the Chevy Cruze Diesel became the first—and only—non-German entry to deliver diesel models in June. The Bowtie brand sold 188 diesel-powered Cruzes in the previous month, to finish 90 units behind the also brand-new VW Beetle TDI. Volkswagen had a clean sweep of the diesel podium, too. In first place was the VW Jetta TDI, with 3,940 sales and a .2 percent gain; the runner-up was the VW Passat TDI, benefiting from a 58.6 percent volume improvement on 3,405 sales; and the VW Golf TDI captured the third spot with 698 deliveries that marked a 23.5 percent decline from June of 2012.
A trio of diesel-powered premium SUVs then followed in the sales rankings, with two all-new selections, the Porsche Cayenne (560 sales) and Mercedes-Benz GLK Class (500 sales) bracketing the BMW X5 xDrive35d (544 sales, -58.1 percent).
Wrapping up our survey of green-car sales from June, the 2013 Honda Civic Natural Gas was good for 274 deliveries last month, versus 0 in the same period in 2012.