Sales of the popular Toyota Prius hybrid dropped in Japan for the first time in 17 months as government subsidies for the car expired. Even with the lower sales, the Prius remained the top-selling car in Japan for the 17th straight month in September, according to the Japan Automobile Dealers Association.
Toyota sold a total of 27,249 units of the Prius in September, down from 14.2 percent from the same period a year ago.
“The Prius remains hugely popular, but its sales tumbled due to the end of green car subsidies. Many consumers put off decisions to buy green cars following the end of government incentives,” said association spokesman Toshiki Miyake.
Sales of the Prius were boosted by government subsidies and tax breaks along with the demand for more fuel-efficient cars.
Refresher: Power for the 2011 Toyota Prius continues to come from a 1.8L 4-cylinder engine making 98-hp / 105 lb-ft of torque. Total output with hybrid system ““ 134-hp. That allows for 0-60 mph to come in 9.8 seconds with a top speed of 112 mph. EPA-rated fuel-economy comes in at 51/48 mpg.
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Source: Detroit News