Hybrid And Plug-In Car Sales Slow In Michigan, Report Says

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Hybrid cars have well and truly hit the mainstream.

After years of slow sales around a decade ago, Toyota has now sold over 4 million hybrids. And Honda recently passed its first million.

But in the home of the U.S. auto industry, buyers have been slower to catch on to the concept.

According to the Detroit Free Press, research by Edmunds shows Michigan consumers are buying hybrids at a rate well below the national average.

Hybrid cars made up 3.4 percent of the new vehicle market in August.

And Michigan consumers buy 3.7 percent of all vehicles sold in the U.S.--but they've bought only 1.8 percent of all the gasoline-electric hybrids sold. Michigan also accounts for only 1.5 percent of all plug-in sales.

It's good news for hybrids in general though. That 3.4 percent figure is a whole percent higher than over the same period last year--no doubt helped by strong sales from the Prius line.

And Detroit's own Chevy Volt is continuing to out-sell its Nissan Leaf rival, once again topping its previous sales record with 2,961 units shifted in October. The Volt has now sold almost 20,000 units in 2012.

But with a bit more help from its home state, that number could be even higher. How about it, Michigan?


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Comments (5)
  1. In my short experiences in Michigan, people like to "burn rubbers" at the stop light... So, EV and plugin or even hybrids aren't known to have the power...

  2. Maybe, but they also prefer American cars more than the people on the coasts.

  3. The two major auto makers Ford and GM both makes hybrids. Many of the peole live in Michigan know friends or family who work for those companies that will end up getting them "company discount" on cars. They still don't want hybrids nearly as much.

    Ford makes plenty of hybrids. There are choices...

    If you ever take a tour of the "Woodward Cruise", then you will know what I mean.

    People over there value "Muscle cars" or big blocks or cars that can spin out or burn through rubbers on straight ways... Luxury SUVs and large trucks.

    They don't even have "Left Turn Lanes" there... It is called Michigan Left turn lanes, which are Right turn and then U turn... So they don't have to wait for Left Turn traffics...

  4. Well I happen to have a muscle car (69 Dart), a Volt, and a Milan hybrid, so I don't think it is fair to generalize. Part of the reason for not buying a Volt could be the low ground clearance and the front air dam. I haven't driven mine in deep snow yet, but I could imagine December in Michigan isn't ideal for a Volt.

  5. You need to take a ride in my Volt then - plenty of rubber without the revving sound. You want screaming tires???

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