CR-V and HR-V have a great month while the Accord Hybrid is easily living up to pre-sale expectations. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Mar. 1, 2017 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid – $30,480 incl. the $875 D&H charge to start offers owners a 49/47 mpgUS city/highway rating. For the 2017 model year, the Accord Hybrid received the 2016 Accord’s refreshed features including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, LED exterior lighting, and advanced safety and driver assistive technologies all standard. Honda's two-motor hybrid system including the Atkinsonized 2.0L I4 was updated to provide a net output of 212 hp. More importantly, the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid is ranked all alone at the top of the midsize EPA charts with its 49/47/48 mpgUS city/highway/combined rating. In January, the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid drivetrain was awarded a 2017 Wards 10 Best Engine Award and a 2017 KBB Best Resale Value Awards for retaining the highest amount of its residual value projected over the first five years of ownership in the Hybrid/Alternative Energy Car segment. Just two weeks ago the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid was placed on the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) "Greenest Vehicles of 2017" list for being one of the most environmentally responsible models available. The Accord Hybrid scored in the top 1.3 percent of all vehicles considered for the list. The vehicles in this list were ranked based on life-cycle analysis, looking at manufacture, driving, and end-of-life recycling. Honda February 2017 Sales Overview In February, Honda sold 121,686 Honda and Acura vehicles, up 2.3 percent over February of 2016s 118,985 sold. The overall result was a new February record and in part based on the two brands truck and CUV sales which were up 12.2 percent and also set a new February sales record. Honda on its own also set a new February record with sales of 110,822 vehicles, up 4.3 percent over the 106,212 sold in February of 2016. Acura sales of 10,864 were off 14.9 percent below the 12,773 sold in February of 2016. Honda February 2017 Sales Highlights In February Honda’s CUVs took center stage. CR-V sales of 31,898 vehicles was up 26.3 percent over the 25,250 sold in February of 2016. YTD sales of 61,185 vehicles is up an even stronger 37.6 percent over the 44,458 sold through the same period of 2016. The compact HR-V based on the Fit experienced sales of 6,354 vehicles, up 28.6 percent over the 4,940 sold in February of 2016. YTD sales of 12,043 was up 32.1 percent over the 9,117 sold through the same period of 2016. 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid The singled out vehicle highlighted above is the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid. The soon to be retiring John Mendel, Executive VP of American Honda Motor Co. said this about the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid at the 2016 Washington Auto Show last year: He was not just filling an auto show presentation with dialogue either. In February, the Accord HEV was picked up by 1,867 new owners, up a huge amount over the 68 of the second gen Accord Hybrids which were in their sales rundowns. YTD sales of 3,578 is also up a ridiculous amount of over the 139 sold through the same period of 2016. U.S. February 2017 Sales vs. February 2016 Sales Ranks and Results for the top 18 Automobile Manufacturers GM February 2017 Sales Up 4.2% with 237,388 Vehicles sold Ford February 2017 Sales Down 4.0% with 208,440 Vehicles sold Toyota February 2017 Sales Down 7.2% with 174,339 Vehicles sold FCA February 2017 Sales Down 10.1% with 168,326 Vehicles sold Nissan February 2017 Sales Up 1.2 % with 122,003 Vehicles sold Honda February 2017 Sales Up 2.3% with 121,686 Vehicles sold Hyundai February 2017 Sales were flat with 53,020 Vehicles sold Subaru February 2017 Sales Up 8.3% with 45,500 Vehicles sold Kia February 2017 Sales Down 14.2% with 42,673 Vehicles Sold Mercedes-Benz February 2017 Sales Up 6.8% with 27,383 Vehicles Sold VW February 2017 Sales Up 12.7% with 25,145 Vehicles sold BMW February 2017 Sales Down 2.5% with 24,712 Vehicles sold Mazda February 2017 Sales Up 5.9% with 22,824 Vehicles sold Audi February 2017 Sales Up 17.3% with 13,741 Vehicles sold Mitsubishi February 2017 Sales Up 38.8% with 10,924 Vehicles sold Jaguar/Land Rover February 2017 Sales Up 16.4% with 9,231 Vehicles sold Volvo February 2017 Sales Down 11.6% with 4,651 Vehicles sold Porsche February 2017 Sales Up 2.1% with 3,637 Vehicles sold In February, BMW moved ahead of Mazda, Mitsubishi moved ahead of Jaguar/Land Rover, and Volvo moved ahead of Porsche. In terms of Market Share, GM was a clear winner in February with a 0.9 percent gain over February of 2016. Nissan was up 0.5 percent while both Kia and Toyota took a 0.5 and 0.8 percent hit respectively. Regarding segment sales totals, Silverado and Sierra outsold the F-Series. Consider the Niro’s first full month sales totals. From nothing to the 4th best-selling Hybrid in the country! The Prius moved back ahead of the surprisingly strong Fusion Hybrid. Remember the Fusion Hybrid outsold the Prius last month for the first time in history. YTD, sales of the Prius (9,971) are ahead of the Fusion Hybrid (9,795) by just 176 vehicles. With the Ioniq entering the C-segment hatch hybrid space, the Prius may lose more sales than the midsize sedan based Fusion Hybrid. It will be a very interesting year based on the monthly and yearly sales results. February sales exceeded 17 million vehicles for the eighth straight month although February sales were off 0.01 million vs. February of 2016. The seasonally adjusted annual selling rate (SAAR) for light vehicles was approximately 17.5 million vehicles.