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Tuesday, 6th April 2010
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Prius still Japan's best-selling motor

The Toyota Prius is still the top-selling car in Japan, despite a string of recent recalls and scandals involving the safety of the vehicles.

According to figures from industry body the Japan Automobile Dealers Association, the car was the best selling motor in Japan in March, the 11th month in a row that the motor has been top of the selling list. In March, 35,546 Prius models were sold in Japan.

Toyota spokesperson Toshiki Miyake said: "The recall woes did not appear to dent demand for the Prius. Despite the recall trouble, the carmaker cannot keep up with surging demand for the Prius."

The Prius is also the world's best selling hybrid model and has drawn a number of celebrity fans keen to cut down on their carbon footprint from travel.

Recently, problems with braking and acceleration saw Toyota recall millions of cars in the US, Europe, Africa and South America.

Written by Kimberley Homer.

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