Toyota Prius Prime Sales Remain Uber-Strong In Japan, Almost 4,000 In June

3 months ago by Mark Kane 10

Toyota Prius Plug-In (aka Prime) sales in Japan – June 2017

After May surprised us with a record 5,369 Toyota Prius Plug-In (aka Prime) sales in Japan, June kept that torrid pace going -notching almost 4,000 more sales (3,972 to be accurate).

Toyota Prius Plug-in aka Prius Prime

Compared to the overall Prius family, the plug-in took some 22% share (out of 17,946 total).

After five months, the total plug-in volume reached 16,106 and hopefully will continue to increase by at least 3,000-4,000 every month going forward.

Separately, good news also flows from Nissan in Japan, where 1,379 sales for the LEAF was the best June result ever.

Adding in sales from other countries, the Toyota Prius Plug-Hybrid/Prime took down the #1 overall sales spot for the year – the first time it has held the podium…now who can dethrone it?

Nissan LEAF sales in Japan – June 2017

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10 responses to "Toyota Prius Prime Sales Remain Uber-Strong In Japan, Almost 4,000 In June"

  1. Benz says:

    How many Nissan Leafs have been sold so far in Japan (cumulative total)?

    1. ffbj says:

      78,500 or around there.

  2. Benz says:

    The second generation of the Nissan Leaf will sell in much higher numbers in Japan. Total sales in Japan in one year will be at least 50,000 copies of the Nissan Leaf.

  3. mx says:

    Again, if anyone’s looking at a Prius Prime Advanced or Premier, they should take a test drive of the BMW i3, and Get BLOWN AWAY by a vastly better car.

    Leasing an i3 vs. buying a Prime mid-level or above is just smarter. Especially with the rapid improvement in automatic safety systems.

    In other words, there really should be NO SALES of the Advanced model in America, as long as there’s a i3 available.
    It’s that good.

    1. BenG says:

      i3 has the weird 1/2 doors to the back which will turn some people off. It has crummy range on the highway requiring you to stop about every hour to refuel the tiny gas tank. It’s significantly more expensive and will see significantly more depreciation than the Prime. Reliability won’t likely be nearly as good as the Prime.

      There are a lot of good reasons why the Prime will outsell the i3 by a big margin this year.

  4. Vexar says:

    Who is being reached by the styling of this vehicle? I mean good job selling and all, but who bought one and feels connected by the looks?

    1. BenG says:

      I like the styling of the 4th gen Prius and the Prime.

      I realize that a lot of (or most) people don’t, but I genuinely like to see them on the road. Very striking. Reminds me of an origami butterfly or something.

  5. Dan F. says:

    i3 and prime aren’t even in the same category. Prime is a plug in hybrid and a very good one except for the weird Jetson’s styling. i3 is a a BEV.

  6. Richard says:

    When is the 5 seat version coming out? I’d buy it as soon as it does!

    1. BenG says:

      Good question. If Toyota is smart they’ll do the tweaks to the suspension necessary to handle the extra weight ASAP and make it a 5 seater for 2018.

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