Nationwide hybrid vehicle registrations rose 81% last year, according to R.L. Polk & Co., which tracks automotive registrations in the U.S. The Toyota Prius accounted for the bulk of the 83,153 new hybrids registered in 2004, with a 64% share of the market (53,761 units). The Honda Civic Hybrid came in second with 25,586 registrations and a 31% market share. Regionally, California was the strongest area for hybrids with 25,021 registrations last year. Los Angeles, alone, recorded ...

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