Prius PHEV More Popular Than Ampera In UK

Sales figures announced yesterday confirmed the Prius Plug-in as the best-selling plug-in hybrid in the UK.

The car achieved 470 sales from its launch date in July 2012, outselling its nearest rival, the Chevrolet Volt’s sibling, the Vauxhall Ampera, despite it being on sale since April, 3 months longer than the Toyota.

This result is part of a strong year for Toyota hybrid sales in the UK. Overall, the brand sold 12,840 hybrid vehicles, an increase of 15.2 percent compared to 2011.

In 2012, Toyota’s UK hybrid range expanded from two to five vehicles: the Yaris Hybrid, the 7-seat Prius+ and the Prius Plug-in were added to the existing Prius and Auris Hybrid.

The New Auris Hybrid, launched in December, is the latest model to feature a full hybrid powertrain, returning fuel economy of 76.3 mpg and CO2 emissions of 87 g/km.