Think you're seeing more Toyota Prius models on the road these days? Well, you are.

Automotive News is reporting that all those increased Prius sales in the U.S. and Japan (see here and here and here and here etc.) have turned the Prius into the world's third-best-selling car model for the first three months of 2012. During the first quarter, the Prius sold 247,230 copies around the world. The only cars that sold more during that time were the Toyota Corolla (300,800) and the Ford Focus (277,000).

There's an asterisk on the Prius' figures: much of that new success is due to the fact that there are a brace of new Prius models, namely the C, V and Plug-in – that have expanded the line, with the C being the "car of the moment in Japan," according to Automotive News. Sales in the U.S. were up 42 percent in the first quarter. The new models and the increased sales make up what AN calls a "Prius surge," one that could be capacity constrained in the States. AN writes that the sales pace could reach 250,000 units, but Toyota only has 220,000 units assigned to the market. More vehicles have been ordered, a Toyota exec says, but whether or not they arrive is uncertain. After last year's production issues, though, this is the good kind of problem to have.


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      BlackDynamiteOn
      • 2 Years Ago
      In the US, Prius Hatchback (the original Prius) accounts for almost 2/3 of all Prius sales this year Prius V and C account for another 15% apiece, with the Plug-In filling in the rest....... BD
      Fishhawk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why do several other sources put the Prius 2nd with 243k and the Focus 3rd with 236k?
      Georg
      • 2 Years Ago
      anyone knows the number of the Golf.... can´t belive that they sell less than Escort or Prius, March 2012 VW sold the 40million Golf (that is a quartal average of 263,158 Golf over a period of 40years... in Germany allone they sold ~65,000Golf in the first quater of 2012 (thats more than all Ford models sold in Germany together)... taken into account that VW started growing rapidly the last 10years the average at production begin was much lower and is now much higher... should be somewere in Corolla far north of focus production
      Sir Duke
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here is another first for the PRIUS. The Toyota Prius is the number one most traded-in vehicle for the Volt. It’s followed by the Toyota Camry, Honda Civic and BMW 3 Series. Volt drivers go, on average, about 900 miles between fill-ups. In a recent survey, Volt owners expressed their passion for the vehicle with 93 percent stating that they would buy the car again. You can read more about Volt owners’ experiences in our Owner Stories section. Volt owners, let us know what you traded in for your Volt in the comments section below.
        gork
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sir Duke
        Isn't it customary to identify yourself as an employee of an ad agency / automaker?
          Sir Duke
          • 2 Years Ago
          @gork
          Yes, but I am not. I work for me. Is a very big fan of the Volt's technology if not the Volt itself. If Toyota or Honda had built this car, you folks would be jumping off cliffs to get at it.
        majortom1981
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Sir Duke
        A prius is better if you cannot plug in the volt. The PRius gets more MPG then the volt does on all gas.
      ERNSTEVERYTHING
      • 2 Years Ago
      what a sad state of affairs..! **** PRIUS..!
      4gasem
      • 2 Years Ago
      What do the batteries cost to replace in a Prius? I realize they have a 10 year warranty, but really... Where will these vehicles be in the future? Just wondering what people thought...
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      TIMMAH!
      • 2 Years Ago
      Drove my brother's Prius for the first time this weekend and OMG, it was the worst driving experience I think I've ever had. This is definitely not a driver's car. Driving issues that I encountered on my short drive: 1) Vehicle has this weird pulsing surge thing on the freeway when I'm not even moving the accelerator pedal. Found it pretty annoying. 2) Steering was totally dead. Not pinky-steering-Dad's-1970-Oldsmobuick dead, but dead nonetheless. 3) Steering ratios were strange. At slow speeds it seemed to take forever to get the wheels turning, but at freeway speeds it seemed to be overly sensitive to input. Very strange and unsettling feeling. So while the mpg's were good, not seeing one of these in my future anytime soon unless they can iron out these driving dynamics.
      regionrat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ya know, those worldwide sales numbers for the first quarter are pretty close to annual U.S. sales. Yes, this is a major generalization, but we still consume 25% of the world's vehicles here in the U.S despite making up less than 5% of the earth's population. Is anyone else still surprised by that? Wow.
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        Bobby_Sards
        • 2 Years Ago
        do you get laid?
          desinerd1
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Bobby_Sards
          not everyone needs a fancy car to get laid. Some people are naturally "blessed". Those who are not buy BMWs and Mercedes to compensate.
      ken
      • 2 Years Ago
      I will not surprise if there is a Prius coupe or a convertible on the table.
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