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Volt vs Prius - First 22 Months of Sales

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I've seen it mentioned how the Volt is doing versus the Prius during the same period, but I never saw the numbers. So I've compiled them. The data is in the attached spreadsheet, along with the links to the source data.

These are USA sales specific. I show the Prius started sales in July 2000 and the Volt in Dec 2010. I call this "First Month". The first 12 months of sales are "First Year". Then we have months 14 through 23 (October 2012 Volt numbers included).

SPOILER ALERT: The Volt now has monthly sales exceeding the Prius at the same period in its sales history.

Volt: 27306
Prius: 228989

If Volt sales continue even at the same rate, the Volt will overtake the Prius in total unit sales over the same timeframe within about 3-4 months. Also interesting is that the Volt actually surpassed the Prius' sales rate back in March on a like-for-like basis. You can see how it's now on an accelerated path well above what the Prius did. July appears to have been the breakout month where things really started to take off.

Spreadsheet is here.
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I took a serious look at buying the first generation Prius about a year after it came out. And also looked at choices from Honda. In addition to the two passenger Insight, Honda had another hybrid that was quite comparable to the Prius. Believe it was also a four door. At the time, I thought the Honda was a somewhat better family sedan. Slightly lower gas mileage. But better overall physical design. I believe the back seat could fold down on the Honda, but not the Prius. In the end I decided to wait rather than to buy either car.

To me, Prius demonstrated proof of concept of the dual engine system in their first generation car. And got the total car design right in the second generation. And at that point pulled away from Honda.

I did eventually buy a second generation Prius. Sold it when I bought the Volt.
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