Stronger month for Toyota saves otherwise tepid January


sales of hybrids, plug-ins and fuel-cell vehicles fell more than 8 percent from a year earlier to about 30,000 vehicles. Plug-in vehicle sales were down about 6 percent to more than 11,000 units. Green-car sales were down more than 10 percent last year.

Few automakers came away unscathed. Both Ford and General Motors, which boosted green-car sales in 2017, had down months. Ford’s green-car sales plunged 37 percent from a year earlier to 4,388 units, as Fusion Hybrid demand dropped 48 percent to 2,519 units. And while the Chevrolet Bolt EV’s sales kept pace with last year, sales of the Volt extended-range plug-in dropped 56 percent from a year earlier to 713 units. Overall, GM’s green-car sales, which were bolstered by demand for the Buick LaCrosse eAssist hybrid, declined 3.3 percent to 3,028 vehicles.
Honda’s green-car sales also declined, as Accord Hybrid sales fell 72 percent to 487 units. While the Japanese automaker benefited from the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid’s 594 units sold, overall green-car sales fell 15 percent from a year earlier to 1,494 units.
Meanwhile, BMW’s i sub-brand of plug-in vehicles saw a 4.2 percent sales decline to 414 units.

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