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Tuesday, 11th May 2010
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Toyota Prius top of April selling list

The Toyota Prius hybrid car was the top-selling motor in Japan last month, according to new figures.

Findings from the Japan Automobile Dealers Association showed that in April, the firm sold 26,482 of the hybrid vehicles. The car is the world's best selling hybrid and has been top of the Japan sales list for 12 straight months.

Second on the selling list was the Honda Fit, a small compact car. In total, 12,222 of these were sold during April.

The news follows figures from Toyota which showed that despite a global safety scandal that saw the firm recall almost ten million cars worldwide, it has enjoyed a return to profits in the last financial year.

In the final quarter of the fiscal year ending March, Toyota posted a profit of 112 billion yen.

Commenting on the rise, Toyota president Akio Toyoda said: "There's no change in the fact that we are in stormy waters. But now I feel that even in the storm, we can see a ray of sunlight in the distance."

Written by Kimberley Homer.