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May 05, 2004

U.S. Hybrid Vehicle Registrations and Sales on the Increase

The number of hybrid electric vehicles registered in the United States increased nearly 26 percent in 2003 to a total of 43,435, according to R.L. Polk & Co., a provider of automotive marketing data. The Polk report, released in late April, found that the Honda Civic Hybrid accounted for half of the hybrid registrations in 2003, followed closely by the Toyota Prius, with 47 percent. Honda's two-seater Insight accounted for the remaining 3 percent of hybrid vehicles. California is by far the state where the most hybrids are registered, and more than 40 percent of that state's owners are in Los Angeles. See the R.L. Polk press release.

This year, U.S. sales of hybrids are continuing to climb, and Toyota appears to be passing Honda by. American Honda sold a record 3,041 Civic Hybrids in April and has sold 9,023 Civic Hybrids since the start of this year, an increase of 10.9 percent over last year's sales. Meanwhile, Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc. sold 3,684 Priuses in April and 13,602 since the start of this year, an increase of 78.1 percent over last year's sales. See the press releases from Toyota and Honda.