Just Nine Months for the Latest Million, the Least Time Yet
Toyota said in Japan this week that cumulative global sales of its hybrid vehicles topped the 6 million mark as of December 31, reaching 6.072 million units. “The latest million-unit milestone was achieved in the fastest time yet.” The company said, “taking just nine months.”
Toyota said that “as of this month,” it sells 24 hybrid passenger car models and one plug-in hybrid model in approximately 80 countries and regions around the world. Within the next two years, it’s to launch a total of 15 new hybrid vehicles worldwide, including the new Harrier Hybrid in Japan this month and a new Highlander Hybrid in the U.S. soon.
Toyota said it will “continue augmenting its product lineup even further and increasing the number of countries and regions where it sells hybrid vehicles.”
Nearly 17 Years
The manufacturer estimates that its hybrid vehicles have saved approximately 15 million kiloliters of gasoline – nearly 4 billion gallons – compared to the amount used by gasoline-powered vehicles of similar size.
Toyota launched the Coaster Hybrid EV in December 1997 followed by the Prius that December.
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Source: Toyota Motor Corp with Fleets & Fuels follow-up