The Toyota Prius family was the most popular new vehicle badge sold in California last year, accounting for 61,893 vehicles registered in the state.
The registration data is courtesy of R.L Polk, which showed the four Prius models (Prius Liftback, Prius v, Prius Plug-in, and Prius c) helped the Japanese automaker have the top-selling new vehicle badge in California. It further strengthens the belief that the state’s consumers continually support hybrids and putting more of them on the road.
“Consumers are drawn to the Prius vehicles because of the brand’s focus on efficiency,” said Bill Fay, group vice president and general manager of Toyota Motor Sales, Inc. “All four distinct Prius models offer outstanding fuel economy.”
To further jab at its competition, Toyota stated that editors of Cleanmpg.com recently tested the Prius v against the Ford C-MAX on a 365-mile highway route. The Prius v actually bested its EPA highway rating by 1.9 percent – 40.8 mpg. The Ford C-MAX on the other hand, only averaged 35.5 mpg, which is 24.4 percent less than its EPA rating. Those findings will surely add more fuel to the fire on the recent claims that Ford’s hybrids aren’t achieving the stated MPG ratings.
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