Prius still Japan's top-selling car

The Prius continued to be Japan's best-selling car for the 10th month in a row in February despite manufacturer Toyota's global recalls over problems including braking issues in the flagship hybrid.

According to data from the Japan Automobile Dealers Association, more than 27,000 of the petrol-electric hybrids were sold during the month.

Toyota has been hit by a string of recalls that have affected nearly 8.5 million vehicles worldwide, including third-generation Prius models in Japan. It has issued a new software to address the Prius braking problem since last month.

But the hybrid car's popularity endures in Japan where the manufacturer has a wait list of customers stretching back six months. A reputation for energy-efficiency, tax rebates and other Government incentives have contributed to growing sales of Prius.

However, Toyota has admitted the recalls had resulted in cancellation of some of the orders.

Problems that have plagued Toyota models elsewhere around the globe include sticky accelerator pedals and faulty floor mats, but they have not been reported in vehicles sold in Japan.

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