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GM Hybrid Sales are Miserable

Posted: Apr 11, 2008 09:49 a.m.

Autoblog Green reports, "GM has been making an awful lot of noise about their two-mode hybrid system with lots of announcements about all the vehicles the system will be installed in. What they aren't bragging much about is sales. That's because there isn't much to brag about."  Astonishingly, "the sum total of hybrid sales for all models offered by GM in the first three months of 2008 was 843. That is not a typo, it's 843."

TechnoRide puts that in perspective: "During the same period, Ford sold over 5,000 Escape and Mercury Mariner Hybrids, and Toyota has told tens of thousands of Priuses and Camry Hybrids. (Toyota sold over 180,000 Priuses in 2007, in fact.)"  The poor sales "could be due to any number of reasons, such as dealers not pushing the cars hard enough, their cost being too high to begin with, or the simple fact that customers just don't care for tremendous hybrid SUVs."

The Truth About Cars comments, "GM had 1200 hybrids on the way to the dealers as of the end of last month. The red ink for GM on this technology must be horrendous."

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