by Jon LeSage, Editor, Used Car Market Reports and Green Auto Market
Take a look at these new vehicle sales numbers for August 2015, and used market valuation ratings, for top selling hybrid, battery electric, plug-in hybrid, and diesel vehicles sold in the US. We know that gasoline and diesel prices have been down far enough to hurt these vehicle segments on the new and used side. Clean diesel passenger cars are being included in green car sales numbers by various sources – they’re not gasoline engines (alternative fuel), and are highly fuel efficient. Here’s my take on what looks to be significant about the sales trends and what might be next…….
- Toyota continues to dominate the hybrid space – and the hybrid category continues dominating green car sales – with the traditional Toyota Prius Liftback leading hybrid sales by far. The Prius is also getting top ratings for value in the used hybrid category for the 2010 to 2012 MY versions.
- The Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt went back to racing neck-to-neck in August, but that was the first time in a while that they’ve been this close in new vehicle sales. The Leaf has been far ahead of the Volt in sales this year, but it’s value retention continues to be low.
- The Tesla Model S continues to dominate the electric vehicle space in terms of new model sales and used vehicle value retention. The BMW i3 is selling fairly well for an electric vehicle, and is considered by NADA Used Car Guide and ALG to have strong used vehicle retention.
- Clean diesel passenger vehicles make up a larger share of alternative fuel (non-gasoline) than does all of the electric vehicles – nearly twice as many units sold. It’s less than half of hybrid sales, but has been taking off with a lot of U.S. consumers in the past five years. One of the recent changes seen in the market has been the Ram Pickup Diesel being launched and doing well in sales, now taking the lead away from Volkswagen.
- Land Rover expects its first U.S. diesel vehicles, which will roll out this fall, will account for up to 20% of its sales for the two SUVs powered by the next-gen diesel engines.
Hybrids – Top Five Sellers in August 2015
- Toyota Prius Liftback – 10,450
- Toyota Prius C – 3,844
- Toyota Camry Hybrid – 3,314
- Toyota Prius V – 3,119
- Ford Fusion Hybrid – 2,441
Best Used Hybrids – Autobytel.com
- 2011 Toyota Prius
- 2010 Toyota Prius
- 2012 Toyota Prius
Battery Electric – Top Five Sellers in August 2015
- Tesla Model S – 1,600
- Nissan Leaf – 1,393
- BMW i3 – 792
- Volkswagen e-Golf – 381
- Fiat 500e – 370
Best Used Battery Electrics – NADA Used Car Guide/ALG
- Tesla Model S
- Toyota RAV4 EV
- BMW i3
Plug in Hybrid – Top Five Sellers in August 2015
- Chevrolet Volt – 1,380
- Ford Fusion Energi – 949
- Ford C-Max Energi – 723
- Toyota Prius Plug In – 344
- BMW i8 – 210
Best Used Plug in Hybrids – NADA Used Car Guide/ALG
- Porsche Panamera S-E
- Honda Accord Plug-in Hybrid
- Toyota Prius Plug-in
Diesel – Top Five Sellers in August 2015
- Ram Pickup Diesel – 4,093
- Volkswagen Passat Diesel – 1,991
- Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen Diesel – 1,977
- Volkswagen Jetta Diesel – 1,820
- Volkswagen Golf Diesel – 954
Best Used Diesel Cars – Edmunds.com
- 2013 Volkswagen Golf TDI
- 2013 Volkswagen Passat
- 2012 BMW X5 xDrive35d