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    By The Numbers: October 2014: 'Now-what?' edition
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    Like the sun rising in the east, we thought we could always count on year-over-year US plug-in vehicle sales to rise. No longer. Sadly, even counting Tesla Motors' sales isn't likely to change that. For the first time since we started tracking them, year-over year green car sales were ...

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    By The Numbers: September 2014: A tiny-step-in-the-right-direction edition
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    Fans of small victories will appreciate the "progress" that Americans made with their purchases of green-car vehicles last month. Automakers and everyone else, though, will scratch their heads. That's because green-car sales had their fourth straight down month in September, as Americans ...

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    By The Numbers: August 2014: The this-looks-bad edition [UPDATE]
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    UPDATE: The story's been updated to factor in General Motors' complete advanced-powertrain sales numbers. Is a down market the "new normal" for US green-car vehicle sales? That's what analysts and advanced-powertrain advocates may be asking after green-car sales turned in their third straight ...

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    By The Numbers: July 2014: Summertime blues edition
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    Heaven help the analyst trying to get a handle on year-over-year green-car sales numbers, because there is little rhyme or reason to them. Just when one would think the usual summertime bump in gas prices may spur more Americans to buy hybrids, plug-ins or diesels, the industry turns in another ...

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    By The Numbers: June 2014: The looks-can-be-deceiving edition
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    To paraphrase the classic villain line from the old Scooby Doo episodes, it would've been a good June if it wasn't for those meddling Volkswagen diesel and Chevy Malibu sales. Advanced-powertrain vehicle sales in the US halted their upward trajectory last month, and year-over-year demand fell for ...

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    By The Numbers: May 2014: Good-news-just-got-better edition
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    Advanced-powertrain vehicle sales continued to warm up with the weather, as Americans in May stepped up their purchases of hybrids, electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and diesels. US green-car sales for May rose 14 percent from a year earlier to 68,189 units, while plug-in vehicle sales jumped ...

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    By The Numbers: April 2014: The ramping-up-for-summer edition
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    Americans appear to be gearing up for further increases in US gas prices, as green-car sales last month had their largest year-over-year gains of 2014. Domestic customers bought almost 56,000 hybrids, plug-ins and diesels in April, marking a 2.6 percent increase from April 2013. Plug-in sales ...

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    By The Numbers: March 2014: The 'Even Is The New Up' Edition
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    "Now and again, I get the feeling, well if I don't win, I'm gonna break even," Tom Petty sang on his 1994 nugget You Wreck Me. And while we're not out to wreck any hybrids or electric vehicles, it's safe to say that the sentiment of that lyric is an appropriate one when analyzing last month's ...

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    By The Numbers: February 2014: The What now? edition
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    Gas prices are up. There are more hybrid and plug-in vehicle models available to the public than ever. Nissan's doing great with its Leaf and Tesla continues to exceed sales expectations with its Model S. And yet advanced-powertrain and alt-fuel vehicle sales continue to crater compared to the ...

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    By The Numbers: January 2014: Happy blue year?
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    Green-car enthusiasts are probably hoping that Toyota's Super Bowl ad with the Muppets will pay for some brand equity with the Japanese automaker because soft demand for the company's batch of hybrids continue to sink US green-car sales. Green car sales plunged almost 14 percent from last ...

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    By The Numbers: 2013 Green Car Sales: Signs of a Maturing Market
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    Despite a late-year slowdown in US green-car sales growth, Americans in 2013 snatched up hybrids, battery-electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and diesels at a rate that would make most industries envious. Automakers sold 664,222 green cars in the US last year, up 21 percent from 2012. Those ...

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    By The Numbers: December 2013: Not quite time to panic yet
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    So, the good news in December for green-car advocates as that Nissan Leaf sales continued their gangbuster climb. And Honda picked up some proverbial steam. But that's about it. In all, Americans bought 48,553 hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery-electrics and diesels last month. US green car ...

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    By The Numbers: November 2013: Doldrums Edition, Pt. 2
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    Proponents of advanced-powertrain vehicles may want us to start including the Tesla Model S in their monthly US calculations. Even though Tesla doesn't give out monthly sales totals, without counting sales of the luxury electric sedan, the green-car story just isn't getting much better. ...

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    By The Numbers: October 2013: The Doldrums Continue Edition
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    Anyone hoping September's flatlining of US green-car sales was an aberration will be disappointed. October's numbers are in and they're not much better. With gas prices working their way down from their summertime highs, Americans continued to show tempered enthusiasm for hybrids, plug-ins and ...

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    By The Numbers: September 2013: Prius Sales Drop Proves To Be Bellwether Edition
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    Could the loss of Labor Day make that big of a difference in green-car sales? That's what some folks will likely be asking now that we know that September sales of hybrids, plug-in hybrids, battery-electric vehicles and diesels came in below 2012 figures. The drop off between September 2012 ...

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    By The Numbers: August 2013: Everything's Coming Up Green Edition
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    After plateauing earlier this year, US green car sales are settling into a steady pattern of chalking up year-over-year increases in the 30 percent to 50 percent range. Last month, Toyota and Ford both sold their hybrids to a broader range of customers. Plug-in vehicle sales also received a boost ...

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    By The Numbers: July 2013: Good Times With Green Car Sales Edition
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    Americans appear to be re-embracing their inner tree-hugger, as the growth in US green-car sales again accelerated last month. July ended up having the second-fastest growth rate of the year. July US sales of hybrids, plug-ins and diesels jumped 50 percent from 2012. July US sales of ...

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    By The Numbers: June green-car sales jump 35% over 2012 numbers
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    June marked the second-fastest year-over-year growth rate for US green car sales for 2013 so far and helped put sales of green vehicles – pure electrics, hybrids and diesels – for the first half of the year about 19 percent ahead of 2012 levels. Americans bought 57,614 ...

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    By The Numbers: May 2013: Green-car sales rise 30% compared to 2012
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    Were American's going through hybrid withdrawal? That's a question worth asking after US advanced-powertrain sales jumped in May following a few months of relatively tepid demand. Plug-in vehicle sales rose even faster, at a 69 percent clip, to 5,694 vehicles (not including the Tesla Model S, ...

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    By The Numbers: April 2013: Prius Sales Slow, Competition Grows Edition
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    Year-over-year advanced-powertrain sales numbers in the US continued to slow last month as Japanese automakers like Toyota and Honda failed to hit the demand levels seen in 2012. A surge in Nissan Leaf sales, which helped push plug-in sales up 41 percent from a year earlier, and demand for newer ...

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