What were the top selling hybrids and EVs July 2011? We’re combining plug-in hybrids with pure electric vehicles (EVs) to arrive at the top 10 best selling models for the month of July.

1. 2011 Toyota PriusSales during the month of July of 7,907 units were enough to once again cinch the number one spot for the

2011 Toyota Prius. For the calendar year to-date ending July 31, Toyota sold a total of 74,427 Prius models. That’s down 7.1 percent over year-ago levels and reflects continuing supply disruptions as a result of the March earthquake in Japan.

2. 2011 Sonata Hybrid – With sales of 4,177 hybrid models in July, the 2011 Sonata Hybrid is easily in second place of top selling hybrids and EVs July 2011. Through July, the Sonata Hybrid had sold 7,906 models. The Sonata Hybrid combines great fuel economy with strong performance, great looks and an upscale interior.

3. 2011 Lexus CT 200hThe 2011 Lexus CT 200h sold a total of 1,553 units in the month of July. For the calendar year through July, the Lexus CT 200h sold 5,321 units. With its sporty design, the 2011 Lexus CT 200h gets great gas mileage and is priced fairly low for an upscale small car – and a hybrid, at that.

4. 2011 Honda Insight – Fourth place belongs to the 2011 Honda Insight, as a result of selling 987 units during the month of July.

So far this year (through July), Honda has sold a total of 12,145 Insights. The Insight looks like a sedan and a lot similar to the Toyota Prius. Reviewers say the Insight is fun to drive and has ample cargo room, but only with the rear seats folded.

5. 2011 Nissan Leaf – The only pure-electric vehicle in the top selling hybrids and EVs July 2011, the 2011 Nissan Leaf sold a total of 987 units during the month. Calendar year-to-date sales are 4,806.

6. 2011 Honda CR-Z For the month of July, Honda’s other hybrid, the 2011 Honda CR-Z, sold 878 units. Year-to-date through July, a total of 8,890 CR-Z models have been sold. The CR-Z is a sports-oriented hybrid featuring comfortable seats and sprightly handling, but it seats just two people.

7. 2011 Lexus RX 450hSales of 671 units in July keep the 2011 Lexus RX 450h just ahead of the Ford Escape Hybrid. As for calendar year sales through July, the Lexus RX 450h has sold 6,210. That’s down 26.1 percent compared with the same period last year.

8. 2011 Ford Escape HybridThe 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid sold 652 units in the month of July, and accounted for 6,176 January

through July. That’s down 14.9 percent over the same period last year.

9. 2011 Lincoln MKZ HybridThe 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid sold 480 units during July. For the calendar year-to-date, a total of 3,407 Lincoln MKZ Hybrids have been sold. Lincoln priced the MKZ Hybrid the same as the gasoline-only version, which is drawing customers to the hybrid, as a result.

10. 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid – With July sales of 456 units, the 2011 Ford Fusion Hybrid is the number 10 top selling hybrids and EVs July 2011. So far this year (through July), a total of 7,780 Ford Fusion Hybrids were sold, down 32.9 percent year-over-year. The Fusion is an eco-friendly, fuel-efficient hybrid that’s good as a family sedan – though it lacks a large trunk.

Wonder where the Chevrolet Volt fits? The 2011 Chevrolet Volt, an extended-range electric vehicle, sold only 125 units in July. That’s because the Hamtramck-Detroit assembly plant where the Volt is built was down for model changeover in preparation for 2012 model year. For the calendar year through July, a total of 2,870 Chevrolet Volts have been sold.

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