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Toyota Says Prius Plug-in Hybrid U.S. Sales Top 6,000 Units, Beats Volt and Leaf…or Did it?

A Toyota press release bragging about the achievements of the Prius Plug-in Hybrid variant since it went arrived in U.S. showrooms at the end of February states that the EPA-rated 95 MPGe (miles per gallon equivalent) Japanese hatchback has delivered 6,061 units in its first six months (March through August) on sale.

However, that’s not what caught our attention; this is what did and we quote Toyota’s press statement:

“This sales figure represents sales momentum that has propelled the Prius Plug-in to a stronger first full six-months sales pace (6,061 units) than Chevrolet Volt Plug-in (2,745 units) and the all-electric Nissan Leaf (3,875 units).”

At a first glance, the problem is with Toyota’s numbers and more specifically the Volt’s sales as according to General Motors, the Chevrolet model has delivered 13,497 units from the beginning of the year including 2,831 in August alone.

Even if we remove the Volt’s January (603 units) and February (1,023 units) sales, it still comes on top at 11,871 deliveries (March through August).
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