Worldwide sales of Toyota hybrids top 2 million units

Posted: September 7, 2009 in Toyota

TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) announces that global cumulative sales of its hybrid vehicles have topped the 2-million mark, with more than 2.01 million units sold worldwide as of August 31, 20091.

In 1997 in Japan, TMC launched the “Coaster Hybrid EV” in August and launched the “Prius”-the world’s first mass-produced hybrid vehicle-in December. Sales of the Prius began in North America, Europe and elsewhere in 2000.

Next came the second-generation Prius in 2003 and the expanded use of TMC’s hybrid system to such vehicles as minivans, SUVs and rear-wheel-drive sedans. On May 31, 2007, the global cumulative sales of Toyora’s hybrid vehicles topped 1 million.

This year, Toyota continued to expand its hybrid vehicle lineup, launching the Lexus “RX450h” in April, the third-generation Prius in May and the Lexus “HS250h”-the first dedicated Lexus hybrid model-in July. All three vehicles have been well received and are expected to contribute to the popularization of hybrid vehicles.

Toyota currently sells 13 hybrid vehicle models in approximately 50 countries and regions around the world, including three commercial vehicle models in Japan. The company is committed to augmenting this lineup even further and increasing the number of countries and regions in which it sells hybrid vehicles.

As of August 31, 2009, Toyota calculates that hybrid vehicles, since 1997, have led to approximately 11 million fewer tons3 of CO2 emissions-considered to be a cause of global warming-than would have been emitted by gasoline-powered vehicles of similar size and driving performance.

Positioning response to environmental issues as a management priority, TMC has endeavored to achieve the widespread use of hybrid vehicles. Toyota’s stance is to further promote the use of hybrid vehicles, through such measures as aiming to sell 1 million hybrid vehicles a year as early as possible in the 2010s, and introducing hybrid models in all vehicle series in its lineup as early as possible in the 2020s.

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