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Prius claims Japanese crown

Toyota Motor Corp.’s Prius retained its crown as Japan’s best selling car in March and became the first hybrid to hold the top spot through the Japanese fiscal year ended that month, industry data showed on Tuesday.

The results offer the latest sign that Japan’s number one automaker by sales volume still enjoys strong support in its home market even as quality issues and the recall of 8.5 million vehicles continue to shake up its global operations.

In Japan, sales of the gasoline-electric Prius soared nearly sixfold to 35,546 vehicles in March from 5,997 in the same month a year earlier, according to the Japan Automobile Dealers Association.

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(Source: The Wall Street Journal Online)