The Toyota Prius hybrid narrowly beat the redesigned Honda Accord sedan as the best-selling vehicle in California in the first quarter of 2013. According to data compiled for the California New Car Dealer’s Association by auto research firm R.L. Polk & Co, 15,661 Prius hybrids and 15,369 Accord sedans were sold in the first quarter of 2013 in California.
The same compilation shows that the Honda Civic was third best-selling vehicle in the state, with sales of 14,918 units. According to the dealer association, hybrid vehicles accounted for 7.5 percent of all vehicle sales in California in the first quarter of 2013.
Electric cars, on the hand, accounted for 1 percent of all vehicle sales in the state during the period, boosted by the Tesla Model S. Overall vehicle sales in California surged 12.6 percent in the first quarter of 2014, outpacing the 7.2-percent growth posted by the auto industry nationwide, according to the dealer group.
Local brands posted the biggest gains in the quarter, posting a nearly 18-percent increase in registrations. This growth allowed them to widen their vehicle market share in California to 28.4 percent in the first quarter of 2013 from 27.1 percent in the same period last year.
The Dodge and Subaru brands were the fastest growing in California during the quarter. Local brands ate through the market shares of South Korean brands Hyundai and Kia, which both saw a decrease in their holdings in the first quarter of the year. Japanese brands, meanwhile, continue to lord over the vehicle market in California, accounting for 48.4% of overall sales.