Toyota Prius Sales Up 118 Percent in 2004

Sales of GM and Ford vehicles drop with SUVs like the Ford Excursion dropping 24 percent, though pickups sales remain strong.

Published: 06-Jan-2005

Strong December sales helped round out a spotty year for automakers, marked by incentive-driven sales peaks and disappointing lows.

Year-end promotions boosted industrywide sales in the USA 7.7% in December over a year ago, pushing sales for all of 2004 to 16.9 million vehicles. That's up from 16.7 million vehicles in 2003 but off the record 17.4 million in 2000.

For the first time, Japan's Toyota (TM) sold more than 2 million cars in the USA last year. That's a 10% increase over 2003. Asian automakers Honda(HMC), Subaru and Hyundai also reported record annual sales.

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