Cumulative sales of Japanese hybrid-electric vehicles in the U.S. topped the 500,000-unit mark in July, Ward’s data shows. With Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. Ltd.’s July’s tally of 23,566 units, U.S. sales of Japanese HEVs stands at 512,896. U.S. volumes were modest prior to last year, when Toyota decided to double output of its Prius and add two hybrid cross/utility vehicles, the Lexus RX 400h and Toyota Highlander Hybrid. Between the time the ’00 Honda Insight went on sale ...

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