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Toyota Hybrid Sales Surpass Three Million

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Toyota sets achieves a new milestone as worldwide cumulative sales of hybrid models surpass 3 million mark. That’s no surprise since for most people the word hybrid car is synonymous with Prius!

The Prius was the first fully functional mass produced hybrid car that went on sales worldwide, but it’s not Toyota’s first hybrid. That’s be the Toyota Coaster Hybrid EV coach in August 1997. After Prius’ huge success, they launched a range of hybrid cars. Not just Toyota, their luxury arm Lexus too offers a hybrid verison of each model thy produce. Around the world Toyota currently offers 16 hybrids in around 80 countries, including MPVs, saloons, hatchbacks and SUVs, plus three commercial vehicles in Japan.

Toyota reckons as of the end of February this year their hybrid cars have led to approximately 18 million fewer tons of CO2 emissions! Interesting stuff, but they should take into account the damage making a hybrid car which is a very complex process causes to the environment! Just making the lithium ion batteries is a mind-bogglingly long procedure in which materials have to be delivered from one side of the world to another. That’s not a completely green journey, is it!

ToyotaHybrid Vehicle Sales*(1 Unit = 1,000 vehicles)

YEAR 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
UK 0.185 0.622 0.291 0.370 1.595
Global 0.3 17.7 15.3 19.0 36.9 41.3 53.3 134.7
Cumulative 0.3 18.0 33.2 52.3 89.2 130.5 183.8 318.5
YEAR 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 CUMULATIVE TOTAL
UK 5.282 8.347 13.199 12.853 11.202 16.453 2.694 73.0
Global 234.9 312.5 429.4 429.7 530.0 690.0 93.3 3,038.8
Cumulative 553.5 866.0 1,295.4 1,725.1 2,255.1 2,945.4 3,038.8

*Including Lexus, based on TMC/TGB data

ToyotaHybrid Milestones

YEAR MONTH MILESTONE
1997 Mar. Toyota Hybrid System (THS) unveiled
Aug. Coaster Hybrid EV launched (Japan only)
Dec. Prius launched
2000 Oct. Prius launched in the UK
Nov. Cumulative Prius sales top 50,000 vehicles
2001 Jun. Estima Hybrid launched (Japan only)
Aug. Crown Mild Hybrid launched (Japan only)
2002 Mar. Cumulative hybrid vehicle sales top 100,000 mark
Aug. Cumulative Prius sales top 100,000 vehicles
2003 Apr. Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II) unveiled
Jul. Alphard Hybrid launched (Japan only)
Sep. Second-generation Prius launched
Nov. Dyna Hybrid and Toyoace Hybrid launched (Japan only)
2005 Mar. Harrier Hybrid (Lexus RX 400h outside Japan) and Kluger Hybrid (Highlander Hybrid) launched
May Lexus RX 400h launched in the UK
Oct. Cumulative hybrid vehicle sales top 500,000 mark
Dec. Prius production commenced at the Changchun Plant, China
2006 Mar. GS 450h launched in Japan
Apr. Cumulative Prius sales top 500,000 vehicles
May Camry Hybrid launched (for sale outside Japan)

Lexus GS 450h launched in the UK

Jun. Redesigned Estima Hybrid launched (Japan only)
Oct. Camry Hybrid production commenced at the TMMK’s Kentucky Plant, U.S.

Quick Delivery 200 launched (Japan only)

2007 May Cumulative hybrid vehicle sales top 1-million mark.

Lexus LS 600h/LS 600hL launched

Oct. Lexus LS 600h/LS 600hL launched in the UK
2008 Feb. Crown Hybrid unveiled (launched in April; Japan only)
May Cumulative Prius sales top 1 million vehicles
2009 Jan. Lexus RX 450h unveiled
May Third-generation Prius launched

Lexus RX 450h launched in the UK

Jul. Camry Hybrid production commenced at the TMT’s Gateway Plant, Thailand.

Lexus HS 250h launched

Aug. Cumulative hybrid vehicle sales top 2-million mark
Oct. Sai unveiled (launched in December, Japan only)
Dec. Camry Hybrid production commenced at TMCAAltona Plant, Australia
2010 Apr. Camry Hybrid production commenced at the GTMC plant in China
Jun. Auris Hybrid production commenced at the TMUK Burnaston Plant, UK.

Auris Hybrid launched

Sep. Cumulative Prius sales top 2 million vehicles
Nov. Prius production commenced at the TMT Gateway Plant, Thailand
2011 Jan. Annual Prius sales in Japan of new vehicles in 2010 were 315,669 vehicles, the largest amount of annual sales ever recorded.

Lexus CT 200h unveiled

Feb. Cumulative hybrid vehicle sales top 3-million mark
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