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Ford's F-Series only manges seventh place

The Prius is often the butt of automotive jokes for its oddball styling, pokey acceleration, and tree-hugging persona, but it appears that Toyota is having the last laugh -- at least in California. When the sales numbers were tallied up for 2012, the Prius reigned supreme as the best-selling vehicle in California with 60,688 units sold. In fact, over one-quarter of all Prii sold in the United States for 2012 were purchased in California.
Economical cars from Toyota and Honda made up the top five sold cars in California with the Civic, Camry, Accord, and Corolla taking second, third, fourth, and fifth place respectively. The Ford F-Series, which is the best-selling vehicle for the entire United States, only managed to place seventh on the sales list in California.
Toyota's Prius is rated at 51/48/50 (city/highway/combined), which makes it a perfect fit for California's congested highways.

“Environmental consciousness and changing trends are large contributors,” said Peter Welch, Chief Executive of the California New Car Dealers Association. “Eight years ago everyone was driving sport utilities and trucks, now it’s almost trendy to drive a fuel-efficient hybrid or plug-in.”
Toyota's Prius may be sitting high on its throne right now, but there are plenty of challengers to its hybrid dominance. Volkswagen is looking to win over some consumers who aren't sold on its TDI diesel engines with the Jetta Hybrid, and Ford has two competent hybrids -- the Fusion Hybrid and the C-MAX -- in its stable that promise 47 mpg combined (although real world results suggest otherwise).
All three of the aforementioned models achieve lofty fuel economy numbers with conventional styling that is more appealing to the masses.

Source: LA Times

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By Argon18 on 1/23/2013 12:58:42 PM , Rating: -1
The prius is the perfect car for California too. It gives the image of being environmentally conscious, without actually doing so. Style over substance; it's the left coast way!

RE: perfect!
By Pirks on 1/23/2013 1:37:21 PM , Rating: 2
without actually doing so
Stop spreading bullsh1t. It consumes twice less gas in the city compared to any other modern middle sized gas-only sedan. This is "actually doing so", you lying troll.

RE: perfect!
By Quadrillity on 1/23/2013 1:43:35 PM , Rating: 1
At the cost of MASSIVELY toxic battery banks.... it's a complete trade off. More gas mileage, horrific manufacture process.

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By Samus on 1/23/2013 2:07:47 PM , Rating: 4
Horrific demanufacturing process as well.

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By FaaR on 1/23/2013 2:09:23 PM , Rating: 2
NiMH batteries are not "massively toxic".

RE: perfect!
By Quadrillity on 1/23/2013 2:21:41 PM , Rating: 2
They aren't? Then I guess you would have no problem with me dumping one near your water supply, right?

RE: perfect!
By ChronoReverse on 1/23/2013 4:36:18 PM , Rating: 3
Go ahead? I mean, I'd be annoyed at the _trash_ in my water, but if you had tossed an oldschool nickel-made Nickel into my water supply I wouldn't freak out either.

NiMHs aren't NiCads after all (which do have the heavy metal cadmium to worry about).

RE: perfect!
By Samus on 1/24/2013 4:26:46 AM , Rating: 2
So let me get this straight.

You're "OK" with someone tossing NiMH cells into your water supply? Yes, they lack cadmium and the positive electrode is nickle, but the negative electrode?

Are you "OK" with lithium in your water supply too?

RE: perfect!
By ChronoReverse on 1/24/2013 2:27:45 PM , Rating: 3
The negative electrode is potassium hydroxide. So I'm not terribly concerned either.

Again, this is the WORSE CASE SCENARIO and it's actually not that bad.

So don't be an obtuse idiot.

RE: perfect!
By JediJeb on 1/23/2013 6:04:15 PM , Rating: 2
It consumes twice less gas

How the heck do you calculate twice less usage? Formula or it didn't happen.

RE: perfect!
By ritualm on 1/23/2013 7:08:59 PM , Rating: 2
Why do you even need one? It's California, where most drivers spend much of their driving time being stuck in traffic gridlock. The Prius doesn't run its gas engine when all you're doing is crawl along the 101 at an earth-shattering five miles an hour.

Stop trying to win the prestigious "America's Most Inbred Idiot" and use your head for a change.

RE: perfect!
By Reclaimer77 on 1/23/13, Rating: -1
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By sleepeeg3 on 1/23/2013 10:03:17 PM , Rating: 1
Right as usual.

RE: perfect!
By m51 on 1/24/2013 9:55:10 AM , Rating: 2
The population in the greater Los Angeles area is about 18 million, which is larger than most states and about half the population of California. The Bay area has most of the rest of the people in the state.

I think the subsidies and free snow cones have less of an effect than the perceived status and group think associated with hybrids. Another effect is gas in California is always more expensive than most of the rest of the country. Coupled with the extended commutes people probably really are saving money driving hybrids.

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