U.S. hybrid sales rise 28 pct, but growth slowing


DETROIT, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Sales of hybrid vehicles rose 28 percent in 2006 but growth in the segment dominated by Toyota Motor Corp.'s Prius is starting to slow, according to retail sales data released on Monday. R.L. Polk & Co., which collects and analyzes auto registration data on a state-by-state basis, said the Prius accounted for almost 43 percent of new hybrid sales in 2006. Overall, U.S. consumers bought 254,545 hybrids in 2006, up from 199,148 a year earlier as gasoline ...

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