The Toyota Prius just barely maintained its status as the best-selling new car in California in this year's first quarter, according to the California New Car Dealers Association.
The gas-electric Prius hybrid, which comes in multiple variations, rang up 15,661 registrations in the first three months of the year, just edging 15,369 registrations for the Honda Accord.
Other top sellers statewide in the first quarter included the Honda Civic (14,918), the Toyota Corolla (14,188) and the Toyota Camry (12,991).
The Prius was the best-selling new car in California last year, with 60,688 registrations.
The Ford F-Series, with 8,806 registrations in the first quarter, stood firmly at the top among full-size pickups. The Chevrolet Silverado was second with 5,895 registrations.
The association said last week that in-state new motor vehicle sales hit 403,658 in the first quarter this year, a 12.6 percent improvement from a year earlier and the highest first-quarter total since 2008.
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