Ford recently announced that its hybrid sales in the first five months of 2013 have broken its full-year hybrid sales record set in 2010.
According to Ford, the product strength of its vehicle lineup have made this year its best year for hybrid sales with vehicles including Ford C-MAX Hybrid, Ford C-MAX Energi, Ford Fusion Hybrid, Ford Fusion Energi and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. The automaker reported that 2013 hybrid sales are projected to hit 37,000 by the end the May, beating out the full-year hybrid sales record of 35,496 and accounting for a 375 percent increase when compared to hybrid sales in the first five months of 2012.
The Ford Fusion Hybrid has been the most popular hybrid seller for Ford. The automaker said that the Fusion Hybrid accounts for 15 percent of the total Fusion sales. In addition, Ford launched the Energi in February and is expecting the vehicle to see its strongest sales month so far in May.
"Our all-new electrified vehicle lineup is drawing new customers to the Ford brand," said C.J. O'Donnell, Ford electrification group marketing manager. "We are growing our business by providing fuel-efficient products that don't force customers to compromise the design, technology and comfort that are available across the Ford lineup. We're hearing from our dealers they literally can't keep our hybrids in stock."
O'Donnell added that sales are going particularly quick in key markets like California.
Nissan Leaf earns Top Safety Pick
As for other automaker's fuel efficient vehicles, the Nissan Leaf was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety earlier this month. The IIHS rates a vehicle's performance on a number of crash tests as good, acceptable, marginal or poor, and in order to qualify for the 2013 Top Safety Pick award, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the all the tests, which include moderate overlap frontal test, side impact, rollover and rear tests.
"Driver and passenger safety are top priorities for Nissan and the 'Top Safety Pick' designation by IIHS reflects the design and innovation that have gone into this car to make it a practical, no-compromise electric vehicle," said Erik Gottfried, Nissan's director of electric vehicle sales and marketing. "The new, U.S.-assembled 2013 Nissan Leaf provides customers with a remarkable level of value, comfort and security at prices competitive with gas-powered cars in a fun-to-drive package."