Three dollar a gallon gasoline helped Toyota Prius sales to jump 185 percent over sales last May. Just over 24,000 Priuses were sold in May putting the car into ninth place, breaking into the the top ten sellers for the first time.
Prius sales helped Toyota post a U.S. sales gain of 14.1 percent in May compared to the same month last year. It sold 269,023 vehicles, topping its previous monthly record of 242,675 set in March.
Nearly 15 percent of Toyota’s sales were hybrids, which has the company convinced that their appeal has moved beyond buyers wishing to make a statement about global warming. Toyota's calendar-year-to-date hybrid sales totaled 119,154 units, an increase of 75 percent over the same period last year. In May, Toyota posted sales of 36,101 hybrid vehicles, up 102 percent over last May.
Source: Toyota press release