Toyota Motor Corp.\'s expanded Prius hybrid lineup is the top-selling vehicle line this year in California, the largest auto market in the U.S. It has overtaken Honda Accord and Civic, and Toyota Camry. Among light vehicles, the perennial U.S. sales leader is Ford Motor Co.\'s F-Series pickup. It is seconded by the Camry.
According to the California Auto Outlook report published by the California New Car Dealers Association, Toyota had sold 46,380 Prius models in California from January to September this year. Toyota is the top-seller of gasoline-electric autos. Last year, the Honda Civic was the best-selling car and light vehicle in California with retail registrations of 37,475 units. The Honda Accord followed with 36,619.
A total of 36,461 Toyota Camry were registered while 34,129 Priuses were noted too. Golden State’s purchases of Prius models made up about 25% of the 183,340 Prius liftbacks, plug-ins, v wagons and c subcompacts sold in the U.S.
Throughout the country, the Prius line is No. 8 among the best-selling U.S. cars this year. Considering the state’s size, the revival of the car and light-truck sales in California is boosting the industrywide sales across the U.S.
The report stated that registrations through September are higher by 26% in California, surpassing the 14.5% increase for U.S. light-vehicle sales. Alec Gutierrez, senior market analyst for Kelley Blue Book in Irvine, Calif., said that gas prices are higher by 80 cents per gallon in California compared to the national average.
He said that this raises the attractiveness of hybrids and plug-in vehicles in California. The report stated that California drivers purchased 1.25 million new cars and trucks from January to September this year. This accounts for 11% of the total in the U.S. of 10.9 million. Researcher Autodata Corp. said that Ford\'s F-Series continues to be the top-selling vehicle in the U.S. this year. The Camry is ranked second.