Tokyo, Japan – The Toyota Prius was the top-selling car in Japan in June for the second month in a row, according to the Green Car Congress.
The Japan Automobile Dealers Association reported sales of 22,292 Prius units in June 2009. In June 2008, only 6,231 Prius models were sold.
The Prius became Japan’s top-seller in May 2009 for the first time, with 10,915 vehicles sold. In May 2008, Toyota sold 5,079 Prius models in Japan.
The Honda Fit placed second in June, while the Toyota Vitz was third. The Honda Insight hybrid came fourth in June, with sales of 8,782 units. In April 2009, it had been the country’s top seller with 10,481, the first time a hybrid had reached the top spot. It dropped to third place in May 2009, selling 8,183 units, behind the Prius and Honda Fit.
Japanese sales of the Prius were 71.5 per cent higher in June than in the U.S., where 12,998 were sold. The Honda Insight in Japan also consistently outsells its counterpart in the U.S., with 8,782 units in Japan versus 2,079 in the U.S. in June.