If cheap gas is supposed to drain the demand for electrified cars, it seems Canadians didn’t get that memo.
And despite a decision by Honda to not make a hybrid version of its newest-generation Civic, hybrids are making a comeback in 2016, with Toyota leading the charge.
Hybrid sales may be down from their reported peak of about 25,000 in 2012, but data compiled by Automotive News Canada indicates that total 2016 hybrid sales grew about 35 per cent through August compared with the same period last year.
With hybrid sales to the end of August at about 18,300 units compared with total Canadian vehicle sales of 1,286,000 to the same time, hybrids accounted 1.4 per cent of new vehicle sales.
Much of 2016’s growth was fed by one new model: the hybrid version of Toyota’s hot-selling RAV4. With 4,023 sales through August the compact CUV is easily the country’s biggest-selling gas/electric vehicle.