Toyota's Prius emerged as the top selling car in Japan in July for the 15th consecutive month, pushing the manufacturer's sales of hybrid models in the country to a million vehicles.
The world's biggest automaker said global sales of its hybrid vehicles - which include minivans, sport utility vehicles and luxury models - have crossed 2.68 million so far, a million of them in Japan, where demand for Prius gasoline-electric hybrid is increasing.
Although Japan witnessed a rush for the Prius gasoline-electric hybrid as buyers tried to take advantage of tax breaks and other rebates, concerns have been raised over a possible fall in sales when the government-backed perks run out in late September.
According toToyota, cumulative global sales of the Prius - the automaker's best-selling hybrid - reached a million in May 2008.
The success of Prius could help Toyota - which has been hit by a series of quality lapses - improve its reputation.
Toyota has recalled nearly 10 million vehicles around the world due to a series of problems such as faulty floor mats, defective gas pedals, steering malfunctions and braking software glitches.
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