Toyota Prius is California's Best Selling Car

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

If you live in California, this won’t come as a surprise to you at all. The Toyota Prius is the best-selling car in the state – sort of.

In fact, it’s not the traditional Prius model by itself that has tallied more sales than rivals like the Honda Civic, Accord and the Toyota Camry, but rather the Prius family of cars.

Nine months into 2012, Toyota has sold 46,380 Prius models to California drivers according to the California New Cars Dealers Association in its California Auto Outlook report. With gas prices continuing to rise in California, it’s no surprise that demand for the fuel-efficient Prius has also risen.

In total, 1.25 million new cars have been sold in California through September this year, which is 11 percent of the total nationwide sales of 10.9 million. The Prius however, has sold 183,340 nationwide, which means California drivers have accounted for 25 percent of the total Prius sales.

Nationally, the Prius is the 12th best-seller among all vehicle types this year, and seventh by sales volume among car models.

[Source: Bloomberg]

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Stephen Marcus Colmar Stephen Marcus Colmar on Nov 08, 2012

    california alone is enough to account for the prius sales....others just making up the numbers. others than US, the prius is just making up the numbers. just wondering for how long others can catch up w/ california in making hybrid as mainstream?