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Hybrids: past, present, future

November 22, 2010

The rise in gasoline prices has been accompanied by a growing drumbeat for hybrid vehicles. Since the first Honda Insight was sold in December 1999, 311,718 hybrid units were sold in the United States, through July 2005. 

The breakdown of U.S. sales, plus other hybrid models sold internationally:


Ford (11,795)

Ford Escape (11,795) [first domestic hybrid] 

General Motors (2,500)

Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra mild hybrid (2,500)


Honda (99,143)

Honda Accord (10,376)

Honda Civic (75,882)

Honda Insight (12,885) [first hybrid in U.S.] 


Mazda Demio, Japan 


Renault Kangoo, France


Toyota (198,280)

Toyota Prius (182,854)

Lexus RX 400h (10,029)

Toyota Highlander (5,397)

Coaster Bus, Japan

Toyota Crown, Japan

Toyota Estima, Japan

Alfard, Japan

HINO diesel/hybrid, Japan


Future hybrids 


Chevy Silverado/Sierra mild hybrid (all 50 states)

Dodge RAM HEV (less than 100; fleet only)

Mercury Mariner

Nissan Altima

Toyota Camry



Dodge Durango SUV                      

Saturn VUE                           

Lexus LS 600h, V-8             

Mazda Tribute

Mercury Mariner

Volkswagen Touran 


Chevrolet Malibu

Chevrolet Tahoe/GMC Yukon

Ford Fusion                          

Mercury Milan                       <​/span>

Toyota Prius (China)

Toyota Sienna



Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra

Dodge Ram pickup