Transportation / Mobility

April 15, 2012


Toyota Prius Tops Japan's Best-Selling Car List in 2011 for Third Straight Year

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Toyota Motor Corp.'s Prius hybrid vehicle (HV) was the best-selling vehicle in Japan in 2011 for the third consecutive year, the Japan Automobile Dealers Association and the Japan Mini Vehicles Association announced in January 2012. The ranking is based on the number of new cars sold under the same trade name and produced in Japan or overseas by a Japanese manufacturer.

Toyota sold 252,528 units of the Prius in 2011, down 20 percent from the previous year, when sales hit a record high. Sales in the first half of the year turned flat mostly because of a production cutback after the Great East Japan Earthquake. However, the popularity of the Prius Alpha, a wagon-type hybrid launched in May 2011, helped sales recover in the latter half.

Second on the best-seller list was Honda Motor Co.'s Fit compact car, which includes the newly added Fit Hybrid released in October 2010, followed by the Wagon R minicar by Suzuki Motor Corp. Among the top 10 models, nine were fuel-efficient cars, such as an HV, compact car, or minicar.

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Posted: 2012/04/14 06:00:15 AM