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Published on May 14th, 2012 | by Joshua S Hill


Toyota Prius Sales Earn Best April Yet

May 14th, 2012 by  

Toyota Motor Sales reported at the beginning of the month that April had been the best ever April for the Toyota Prius.

In a month where Toyota sales across the line increased 11.6 percent over the year-ago month on a raw volume basis, the Toyota Prius recorded its best ever April with a total of 25,168 units sold, increasing 126.9 percent compared to the same period last year.

In addition, Camry and Camry Hybrid led passenger cars with combined monthly sales of 36,820 units, an increase of 36.1 percent year-over-year.

Overall, Toyota Motor Sales recorded sales of 32,593 hybrid vehicles, an increase of 124.6 percent compared to the same period last year, which was split as such — 30,126 hybrids for the month for the Toyota Division, up 142.7 percent over the year-ago month, and 2,467 hybrid sales for the Lexus Division, increasing 17.6 percent year-over-year.

Source: Toyota

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  • Altair IV

    Here in Osaka, I’ve recently noticed that the Prius is, almost literally, *EVERYWHERE*. Once I learned to recognize them, I started counting them (it’s become quite the obsession with me recently), and I can easily spot 3-6 per minute from a busy street corner. Several taxi companies are running them too.

    Yesterday’s count was 51, after probably about an hour total on the street.

    I occasionally count other hybrids too, but they tend to be harder to distinguish from the more conventional cars, so it’s about 90% Prius right now.

    • Altair IV

      Oh yeah, on a side note, I got a bit of a thrill last Thursday too. As I was entering the headquarters compound of the international electronics giant I sometimes work at, a flatbed truck was just leaving, on which was sitting a neat little light blue sports car. As I passed by it, I saw the logo on the back: “Tesla”. Sweet! I guess they’d been doing some research or promotional stuff with it. I wish I could’ve taken a photo, but the truck was gone before I got a chance.

    • Wow.

  • Dcard88

    I dont see how, with new batteries improving efficiency within 2 or 3 years and other manufacturers jumping into the hybrid/ev market, that we dont see sales jumping to at least over 10% of total sales by 2015.

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