Toyota Motor: Prius is the world’s No. 3 bestseller

Toyota’s Prius, a niche hybrid engine oddity when it debuted 15 years ago, became the world’s third-bestselling car line in the first quarter. The showing propelled Toyota into the No. 1 spot globally by sales after two years of recalls and production disruptions. Prius sales worldwide more than doubled, to 247,230, trailing only Toyota’s Corolla, at 300,800, and Ford Motor’s 277,000 Focus sales. In Japan, where the government is offering incentives of as much as $2,500 to spur purchases of fuel-efficient autos, Prius sales more than tripled. In the U.S., Toyota’s top market for the hybrid, sales rose 42 percent.

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