Toyota’s Prius maintained its top spot in Japan new passenger car sales in November for the seventh month in a row, posting 26,815 units, according to data from the Japan Automobile Dealers Association. Total passenger car sales for the month were 268,450 units.
|Monthly sales of the Prius in Japan since 2007. Click to enlarge.
Honda’s Insight hybrid came in fifth in the overall rankings for the month, with 9, 413 units sold. Combined, the two dedicated hybrids accounted for 13.5% of new vehicle sales for the month.
Hybrids have remained popular with buyers in Japan due to tax breaks and subsidies offered toward the purchase of fuel-efficient models since April, according to the Nikkei.
Toyota’s new SAI hybrid, which goes on sale on Monday, has already drawn pre-orders for some 14,000 units.