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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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      RodRAEG
      • 3 Months Ago
      @Neevers1 Will the Prius do 250k with nothing but scheduled maintenance?
      icemilkcoffee
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is nothing new. The Prius has outsold the Ford F150 here in Santa Clara County (AKA Sillicon Valley) for at least 5 years already.
      mapoftazifosho
      • 3 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
      • 3 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.
      carfan
      • 2 Years Ago
      California is like a the "third world" country...poor uneducated people with subcontinental taste in cars.Only a huge devastating earthquake can complete this dismal, unfortunate image of a decrepit place like California.
        SKINNYwithNOfood
        • 3 Months Ago
        @carfan
        California is the 8th largest economy in the world.
        4 String
        • 3 Months Ago
        @carfan
        let's not mention that California is the home of Stanford and the University of California (Berkeley, UCLA, UCI) system. let's also not mention that California is the number 1 economy in all of the United States.
        Sj027
        • 3 Months Ago
        @carfan
        California now ranks as the 50th most educated state, ranking below all states...even below Mississippi. It is getting closer to third world...the handful of rich communities in each major metro area, and tons of undesirable zones that used to be middle class, but the middle class is leaving by the millions, leaving only the very poor and very rich left.
          Sj027
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Sj027
          The sources for the article I used all show similar trends....1970 Census, 2008 American Community Survey (ACS), and the 2007 to 2009 Current Population Surveys (CPS)
          Michael
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Sj027
          Sj, Please provide a citation from a reputable source for your accusation. While CA has had their troubles in K-12 education, I have never seen the ranked last in the country.
          tagberto
          • 3 Months Ago
          @Sj027
          SJ, the source for that article, the Center for Immigration Studies, reason for that interpretation is not the California education system but an influx of uneducated immigrants.
        Spec
        • 3 Months Ago
        @carfan
        Yeah, that is so true. Nothing cave-men living here in Califorinia. But it is weird, with only sticks, stones, and an abacus to work with, California manages to be the home of Apple, Google, Intel, eBay, Cisco, Facebook, Yahoo!, Oracle, etc.
        BG
        • 3 Months Ago
        @carfan
        You may dislike California, but many social and technological trends start there and eventually filter to the rest of the USA. Think of emissions controls in cars, restrictions on smoking in public places, environmental consciousness (think of John Muir a century ago!), and more.
          Sj027
          • 3 Months Ago
          @BG
          Great trends they start, entire cities filing for bankruptcy, millions of illegal immigrants, sanctuary cities, the dumbing down of American culture, materialism, consumerism.
        Sean
        • 3 Months Ago
        @carfan
        CA has poor k-12 education, but we also have the best university system in the world.
      timbrands
      • 2 Years Ago
      No surprise to me. I live in San Diego where hybrids do well (batteries do better in moderate climates it seems). But there also seems to be a lot of Nissan Leafs and Altima Hybrids, Ford Escape/Fusion Hybrids, Lincoln MKZ Hybrids, etc. I saw a new C-Max.
      pmpjunkie01
      • 2 Years Ago
      Love the numbers from the retirement community in Florida, Mercedes all the way :-)
      T-Mille
      • 2 Years Ago
      It took this long? I thought they were the dominant car in California YEARS ago.
      topspin360
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd buy the Camry hybrid,it's getting good reviews,a little less milage but roomier.
      Shahul X
      • 2 Years Ago
      Part of me just died a little
      ApplePie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Congratulations Toyota.
      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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