TOKYO (NQN)--Toyota Motor Corp.'s Prius hybrid topped the domestic car sales ranking for the 15th straight month in August, according to data an industry group released Monday.
Prius sales rose 2.7% year on year to 22,263 units. Since releasing its newest model in May 2009, the Prius has seen double-digit growth for many months. Although the pace of expansion slowed last month, sales remained at high levels.
Honda Motor Co.'s Fit subcompact came in second, with sales jumping 57.8% to 17,258 units.
Sales of hybrid cars and energy-efficient smaller models were strong. Consumers rushed to buy such cars before the September expiration of subsidies for environmentally friendly vehicles.
Four of the top ten cars are minivehicles.
Daihatsu Motor Co.'s Tanto minivehicle came in third, followed by Suzuki Motor Corp.'s WagonR minivehicle.