US sales Q1-Q3 2016 Alternative Power segment

The decline of sales in the Alternative Power segment slowed down somewhat in the third quarter of 2016 to just 6 percent, a much better (less bad) performance than the 21 perent drop in sales in Q2. That said, prospects for the segment still look pretty bleak because cheap gas keeps luring people away from EVs, hybrids and more fuel-efficient cars in general into larger crossovers, SUVs and pick-up trucks. Not even the new Toyota Prius, Chevrolet Volt or Tesla Model X seem to be able to stop that.

Highlights for Q1-Q3 2016:

Chevy Volt

  • Sales of the three-vehicle Toyota Prius family dropped 26 percent despite the arrival of the new, controversially-styled liftback in the showrooms – a sign perhaps that, in a sector that’s quickly developing, customers are no longer content with Toyota’s gentle incrementalism?
  • After losing 22 percent in Q2 due to lack of supply of the newly-facelifted version, Tesla Model S rebounded in style by gaining a scarcely-believable 89 percent in sales in the third quarter
  • The new Chevrolet Volt is in hot pursuit of the Californian wonder-car, though, having gained 79 percent in sales in Q3 itself, and now firmly outselling fourth-placed Ford C-Max.
  • Tesla Model X keeps climbing the rankings, and is now up to fifth spot, while the fuel-cell Toyota Mirai is now up to 11th
  • Most other models in the sector lost sales, from the aging Nissan Leaf and Lexus CT to the futuristic BMW i3 and i8
  • The Tesla Model X sold over 5,000 units in the first half, and almost outsold the Leaf in Q2. It has consolidated its sixth place, ahead of the Lexus CT and BMW i3

Note: clicking on the model name opens the sales data page for that model; clicking year in the legend turns the display for that year on/off

About Krzysztof Wozniak

Kriss grew up in Poland reading German car magazines, before moving to England and graduating to the British magazines, which he still considers the best in the world and continues reading them after he’d moved to the US. In college he promised himself he’s buy himself a used Porsche before he turned 30 (not to be accused of having a mid-life crisis), but instead family needs dictated a Subaru Outback. Still waiting for that perfect moment to buy a used 2008-ish Cayman…
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  1. Americans buy more SUVs/crossovers and less EVs/hybrids when gas is cheap. It’s clear there is still a long road to go for AP to get accepted by the people.

  2. Purius is NOT ALTERNATIVE. You must count only Prius plug-in.

  3. No diesel no germans!

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