Can you believe nearly 11 years have passed since the hybrid Toyota Prius first went on sale in Australia?
Since 2001 the vehicle has gone on to find over 10,000 buyers in Australia, many of which have been councils, government departments and even taxi operators.
Sadly there hasn’t been a great demand from private buyers and Toyota has even adjusted the price of the Prius down on several occasions to stir more interest.
Globally however it appears the Prius is really starting to hit its straps.
New data just released by auto industry analysts R.L. Polk & Co. show in the first quarter of 2012 the Prius was actually the third best selling model in the world.
The improved sales figures can be put down in part to high fuel prices in the US and government incentives being offered in Japan, still that is a remarkable result.
What’s even more remarkable is that the Prius has bounced back so strongly following last years Japan earthquake and tsunami and the bad press over Toyota’s “sticking accelerator” recalls.
For the record the top selling car in the first quarter across the globe was the Toyota Corolla followed the Ford Focus.
Are buyers finally accepting the hybrid technology?
Is this just a blip?
Would you consider buying a Prius?
Let us know…