Toyota Prius hybrid Japan's best-selling car in May

TOKYO, June 4 (Reuters) - Toyota Motor Corp's 7203.T Prius hybrid was Japan's best-selling car in May, a dealers' group said on Thursday, attesting to robust demand for low-emission cars amid flagging auto sales.

The Prius, of which a new model hit the market last month, grabbed the top slot for the first time after Honda Motor Co's 7267.T new Insight became the first hybrid to top the best-seller list in Japan in April.

A ranking of Japan’s top 30 excluding 660cc minivehicles by the Japan Automobile Dealers Association showed the Prius selling 10,915 cars in May, followed by Honda’s Fit compact with sales of 8,859 cars. The Insight was in third place with 8,183 cars.

Gas-sipping hybrid cars have become a rare bright spot in an industry hit hard by recession, and Toyota and Honda are locked in a fierce battle in the category. (Reporting by Taiga Uranaka)