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The best-selling new car in California last year was the Toyota Prius with 60,688 registrations, according to the California New Car Dealers Association.

With 60,688 units sold, the Prius managed to surpass the Honda Civic which sold 57,124 units, the Toyota Camry which sold 50,250 units and the Honda Accord which sold 49,420 units. On the full-size pickup segment, the Ford F-Series was the top-selling vehicles, with 25,434 registrations. Total new vehicle sales in California last year increased 25% compared with 2011. Retail and fleet sales reached 1,617,103 units, an increase from 1,290,920 units in 2011.

“With California’s economy on the rebound, consumers feel confident again about buying a new car, and there has never been a wider selection of models to choose from,” said Darryl Holter, CNCDA chairman.

Recently the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy gave the Toyota Prius C the title of the greenest car of the year, beating the all-electric Honda Fit EV. A variety of criteria have been taken into consideration such as the energy necessary to build and dispose the car, emissions from the electric grid on which it charges and, of course, the car’s emissions.

“The vehicles at the top of this year’s rankings are proof that automakers are really ramping up their offerings. There are more hybrid and electric options on the market this year than ever before and the race for a spot on the Greenest list is increasingly competitive,” said ACEEE lead vehicle analyst Shruti Vaidyanathan.