The so called “State Bird of California”, the Toyota Prius, as well as being the world’s most popular hybrid car, is now the top selling car line in the state of California.
Sales data has revealed that including the 4 models of Prius (the Lifback, the C, the V, and Plug-In cars), 46,380 cars were sold in the first 3 quarters of this year, Bloomberg has reported. This means that the Prius line has shot from fourth place in 2011 to the number one spot in the sales rankings. It’s also worth mentioning that about a quarter of all Priuses sold in the U.S were in the state. California is the most populous state in the U.S.
Apart from the large population, it is of course no surprise that a lot of hybrids are being sold in California, with reports of $5 per gallon gasoline prices emerging recently. Longer term high gas prices are no doubt having an impact on buying decisions in the state as well. Gas prices have been around 80 cents per gallon over the national average in California.
Nationwide, the Prius placed seventh by volume of sales for car models, so California is definitely partial to the Prius. The car line also accounts for 49% of the electric-drive segment of the market, according to Bloomberg.
It’s notable that the Prius has been Japan’s best-selling car for some years, with the Honda Fit now not far behind. And as we reported earlier, the Prius line was the third best selling car line in the world in the first quarter of this year.