The Toyota Prius hybrid was the bestselling vehicle in California during the first quarter of this year, narrowly outpacing Honda’s redesigned Accord sedan.
Toyota posted sales of 15,661 of the hybrids, leading the Accord’s sales of 15,369 cars. The Honda Civic was third with sales of 14,918, according to data compiled for the California New Car Dealer’s Assn. by auto research firm R.L. Polk & Co.
The Prius wrested the annual California sales crown from the Civic last year. Nationally, Ford's F-series pickup truck is the top-selling vehicle.
Hybrid sales continue to be on the upswing in the state, according to the dealer trade organization, reaching 7.5% of all vehicle sales.Helped by the hot-selling Tesla Model S, electric cars also are making gains, accounting for 1% of the California market during the quarter.