World gasps in surprise as Prius becomes best-selling car in California
The Toyota Prius hybrid line has surpassed Honda's Civic and Accord models to become the best-selling vehicle in California. This, of course, became a near-world-ending surprise to the rest of the world, who were certain that the best-selling vehicle in Cali had to be an SUV.
The California New Car Dealers Association released its California Auto Outlook report this week, saying that Californians bought 46,380 Prius models in the first nine months of the year, far surpassing the former best-sellers from Honda as well as Toyota's other top-seller, the Camry.
The report also shows that despite the exclusive gas-crunch that Golden State residents are braving - with prices jumping over five dollars a gallon in news headline bold print - California residents are buying new vehicles with abandon, with registrations up 26 percent in the state. That's more than ten percent higher than the national average of 14.5 percent for light vehicle sales.