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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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RE: Maybe...
By Schrag4 on 1/23/2013 1:04:02 PM , Rating: 2
I don't mind visiting the bay area from time to time but that's one of the last places I'd want to live. It sounds like your state is representing you well so I'm happy for you. I can't speak for everyone, but while many of us may not live somewhere as exciting as the bay area (tech or otherwise), it's worth it in other ways.

RE: Maybe...
By stm1185 on 1/23/2013 1:15:39 PM , Rating: 1
Commute not that bad? What commute are you doing? I am doing San Jose to Palo Alto. Which is about 17 miles, yet some mornings it takes me well over an hour driving up the 101.

There are a crap ton of Prius's out here though. It's replaced the Camry as the ugly slow piece of shit that is doing 55 mph on a 65mph freeway in the far left lane.

RE: Maybe...
By OCedHrt on 1/23/2013 1:22:25 PM , Rating: 2
Why are you taking the 101 from San Jose to Palo Alto anyways?

RE: Maybe...
By sleepeeg3 on 1/23/2013 10:01:38 PM , Rating: 2
It took me around an hour to go 10 miles in Atlanta. Take it from a Californian - there is worse traffic than California. We typically just have to drive further to get where we are going, which makes it worse.

RE: Maybe...
By Jeffk464 on 1/23/2013 10:40:51 PM , Rating: 2
I drive professionally through almost every city in the US. I was born in raised in Los Angeles county and can say LA is about as bad as it gets traffic wise and tops it off by having the biggest A hole drivers.

"So if you want to save the planet, feel free to drive your Hummer. Just avoid the drive thru line at McDonalds." -- Michael Asher

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