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Prius Top-Seller in Japan in August; 4th Month Straight

5 September 2009

The Prius remained Japan’s top selling new passenger vehicle in August—its fourth month straight as the top seller, according to data from the Japan Automobile Dealers Association.

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Prius sales by month in Japan. Click to enlarge.

The Prius posted 21,669 units in Japan in August, up 360% year-on-year, representing 12% of total automobile sales for the month. The Honda Fit took the second spot, with 10,927 units (6%), followed by the Toyota Vitz (8,145, 4.5%) and the Honda Insight (7,900, 4.4%).

Overall, total sales were up 8.2% in August year-on-year to 179,766 units.

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A: It is great to see it - it's a great car.
B: All the top 4 cars are very economical, even if not hybrids.

At least the Japanese have "got it".

Excellent sustained progression for Hybrids with over 16% of the total market from only two of them (Prius III and Insight II)

Who said that Hybrids would peak at 5%?

What a positive change for Hybrids with over 16% of total from the top two (Privus + Insight)

Who said that Hybrids would peak at 5%?.

Do any of the commenteers own a hybrid?

@TM
I have a diesel MPV (Renault Espace), as it is not possible to buy a hybrid MPV in Ireland.
As I have 4 kids, I need a 6 or 7 seater.

I would like to see hybrids evolving from the top (as in Prius) and also from the bottom as with stop/start systems such as used in the BMW 32d and VW Passat BlueMotion.

Initially, you have stop/start.
Then regenerative braking to charge the battery so you run the alternator less.
We have this now.

They you increase the battery (or battery+supercap) capacity to enable stop/start/crawl, so you can completely turn the engine off under 10 mph.

This will require an electric motor for driving as well as for starting the engine, so it will be a bit of a jump. You might drive the back wheels in the Passat (the BMW is already RWD).

Then, as batteries get better/cheaper, you increase the EV speed threshold from 10 - 20 - 30 mph.

Then you can charge the battery at night.

By then, you have a limited E-range PHEV, at reasonable cost, from a real manufacturer, which is probably where you want to be.

Then, as batteries get better/cheaper, you increase the EV range threshold from 5 - 10 - 20 - 40 miles / charge.

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