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Friday, 6th August 2010
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Prius sales top 1 million

Sales of the Toyota Prius hybrid had topped one million in Japan by the end of last month, the car firm has announced.

As well as hitting the one million mark in Japan, 2.68 million Prius motors had been sold around the world by the end of July.

The Prius was the first mass-produced hybrid car and as well as being a popular motor for green conscious motorists around the world, has been the top-selling car in Japan for the past 15 months.

It has continued to sell well despite a number of high-profile safety scandals which have seen the quality control checks put in place by Toyota come under fierce scrutiny.

A problem with faulty accelerators is thought to have contributed to a number of road traffic accident deaths within the US and Toyota has recalled millions of vehicles over the past few months.

As a result of the scandals, Toyota boss Akio Toyoda - grandson of the firm's founder - was called to speak before US Congress.

Written by Susan Balion.

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