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.