Rising gas prices spurred a near doubling in U.S. green vehicles sales for August. For hybrid, electric vehicle, and diesel-powered vehicles, the number hit 49,450 units, 96% over a year ago and the highest point since selling 57,000 units in March. Here are a :
• Toyota took its typical lead, selling 28,900 units. Prius sales were up 122% compared to a year ago with all its new models on the market. Non-Prius hybrids like the Camry, Highlander, and Lexus hybrids did well.
• GM sold 2,831 Chevy Volts, a record number, beating 2,289 sales in March. GM sold 3,769 mild-hybrid sedans and hybrid SUV sales reached 231 units in sales – more than double what was sold a year ago.
• Volkswagen had mixed results – very strong sales of 8,776 diesels in the U.S., up 43% from a year ago. This helped offset declines from Audi, which saw diesel sales fall 31% from a year ago to just 584 vehicles.
• Ford had a good month – 68% increase in alt-fuel vehicle sales in the past year, with the Ford Fusion Hybrid leading the way.