The Lexus CT 200h saw sales increase 500 percent over last year (Photo : Lexus)
Kelley Blue Book has released a statement saying that sales of dedicated hybrids and alternative-energy vehicles last month soared 164 percent over June of last year. A total of 23,778 were sold.
They are down from March's all-time high, and the industry manual notes that they will probably decrease further with gas prices on the decline. Still, it appears that they will remain high.
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Sales of the Lexus CT 200h were especially strong, with an increase over last June of nearly 500 percent.
The Chevrolet Volt's sales were 200 percent higher. Says Kelley: "The Volt, popular for its longer driving range, has outsold the Nissan Leaf nearly 3-to-1 so far this year, even though it has a higher manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) and is not considered a 'true' all-electric from a purists' standpoint. "
In fact, Nissan Leaf sales fell short of June 2011, as did sales of the Honda Insight and Honda CR-Z.
Toyota Prius sales, on the other hand, were 300 percent higher.
Alec Gutierrez, senior market analyst of automotive insights for Kelley Blue Book, said in a statement, "The Toyota Prius was the most significant driver of segment gains.....The Prius has been in high demand since the introduction of the subcompact Prius c and wagon-esque Prius v. Sales numbers for the Prius also look especially strong due to the inventory shortages that plagued Toyota at this time last year."