Bloomberg has reported on numbers provided in the California New Car Dealers Association’s California Auto Outlook report, which show that the Toyota Prius hybrid has passed Honda’s Civic and Accord vehicles to become the best-selling vehicle in California.
According to the report, the Toyota Prius sold 46,380 models in California over the first 9 months of 2012.
“Gas prices are up 80 cents per gallon in California over the national average,” said Alec Gutierrez, senior market analyst for Kelley Blue Book in Irvine, California. “That’s really driving up the appeal of hybrids, as well as plug-in vehicles in California.”
Californian drivers have bought 1.25 million new cars and trucks so far this year, totalling about 11 percent of the U.S. total of 10.9 million. Californian Prius sales made up 25 percent of the 183,340 Prius liftbacks, plug-ins, v wagons, and c subcompacts sold in the U.S.