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We've heard the Toyota Prius jokingly called the State Bird of California, but recent sales data shows that the world's most popular hybrid is, in fact, the best-selling car in the state. Well, the best-selling vehicle line, at least, since the Prius now comes in four variants.

If you add up sales of the Prius Liftback (aka, the regular Prius), the C, V and Plug-In models, you get 46,380 units for the first three quarters of 2012, according to numbers from the California New Car Dealers Association and reported by Bloomberg. That's enough to move the Prius from fourth place last year to first this year in the sales rankings in America's most populous state. In fact, roughly a quarter of the Priuses that Toyota sold in the US were in California. Reports of $5 gallons of gas are relatively recent, but we have to assume that the state's long-time high gas prices are playing a role in pushing the Prius to the pinnacle there. Nationwide, Bloomberg says, the Prius is in seventh place ("by sales volume among car models").

The Prius is already the best-selling car in Japan, and has been for years, even though the Honda Fit has been nipping at its heals. Worldwide, the Prius family was the third best-selling nameplate in the first quarter of 2012, behind the Toyota Corolla and the Ford Focus.


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      pmpjunkie01
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love the numbers from the retirement community in Florida, Mercedes all the way :-)
      RodRAEG
      • 5 Months Ago
      @Neevers1 Will the Prius do 250k with nothing but scheduled maintenance?
      BRKF06
      • 2 Years Ago
      My neighborhood is filled with boomers driving them.
      skierpage
      • 5 Months Ago
      The Prius is also the most reliable midsize car according to Consumer Reports, J.D. Powers, and Tru Delta. It's great to see Ford competing so well.
      mapoftazifosho
      • 5 Months Ago
      fefifofum...I bought the Camry over the Ford because I still don't trust Ford. I've owned 3 Fords and when things went wrong...they weren't willing to set things right. Also, I'm having NO issue getting 50 MPG out of my Camry Hybrid. My other Toyota product has 150k MILES and ZERO ISSUES. You're the sheeple. I'm the one making the most sound investment possible.
      Sj027
      • 5 Months Ago
      India has a lot of tech jobs, but that doesn't dictate if it is or isn't a developing/third world nation.
      T-Mille
      • 2 Years Ago
      It took this long? I thought they were the dominant car in California YEARS ago.
      Shahul X
      • 2 Years Ago
      Part of me just died a little
      topspin360
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd buy the Camry hybrid,it's getting good reviews,a little less milage but roomier.
      r_r
      • 5 Months Ago
      wrxfrk16, I've been driving Prius for the last 2 years. Although I hate this car and plan to trade it in for BMW 335i, I can't agree with you in terms of the fuel economy. I always drive in "Power Mode", and most of the time, I accelerate faster than the rest of normal cars at stop sign. But, I consistently get 48 ~ 51 MPG all the time. Actually, I never went below 48 MPG. I'm sure "most sedans and small hatchbacks" with diesel engine cannot achieve 50MPG, even with careful driving. May be only select few cars with highway only MPG. Other than plug-in vehicles, there are simply no cars that can compete with Prius in terms of REAL LIFE MPG. Also, if you actually researched it, rather than relying on rumors, batteries in Prius is very reliable and performance don't degrade much even after 10 years. (First gen Prius with original battery is still working like a charm) I'm trading it in, because it drives like s*** and I can't take this anymore. I'd rather pay a few thousand dollars more for gas per year to drive something fun.
      Neevers1
      • 5 Months Ago
      40k and nothing but scheduled maintenance, call me at 250k.
      Pellon AutoCentre
      • 2 Years Ago
      hi i agree that the Prius is truly an outstanding car and i am not surprised that it is the best seller. many thanks for a good post eric roberts www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk
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