Toyota Prius hybrid remains top seller

Kyodo

Toyota Motor Corp.’s Prius hybrid topped the February sales rankings in Japan, retaining first place for the ninth consecutive month, with its sales nearly doubling from a year earlier to 35,875 units, industry bodies said Tuesday.

Honda Motor Co.’s Fit subcompact came in second with sales of 24,973 units, up 48.0 percent, followed by Daihatsu Motor Co.’s minivehicle Mira, which posted sales of 22,023 units, marking a 3.2-fold year-on-year increase, according to data compiled by the Japan Automobile Dealers Association and the Japan Mini Vehicles Association.

Toyota’s Aqua hybrid, which was released in December, rose to fourth place with sales of 21,951 units.