More than 3 Million Hybrids Sold in North America,
Nearly 140,000 Prius Cars Have Gone to Fleets in U.S.
Toyota sold 10 million hybrid electric vehicle worldwide, as of January 31, hitting the milestone “just nine months after total sales reached 9 million units at the end of April 2016,” the company said this week. updated February 20
Toyota Motor North America saw its sales of hybrids and plug-in hybrids reach a cumulative total of more than 3 million units as of December 31, the automaker added.
Including Lexus, Toyota now boasts no fewer than 34 hybrid models.
‘Prius Stands as an Icon’
“The Prius stands as an icon for sustainability and efficiency, and is a shining example of what you can achieve when you have the right idea to help solve a problem,” Toyota Motor North America senior automotive operations VP Bob Carter said in a release.
“Hybrids remain an important part of our lineup of vehicles, with over 246,000 units sold last year,” Carter said. “We have seen continued demand with the release of the RAV4 Hybrid variant of the popular compact SUV, accounting for nearly 13% of its total sales volume in 2016.”
‘A Wave of Success’
“When we launched Prius, no one even knew what a hybrid was, but, thanks to early adopters, hybrids have ridden a wave of success into the mainstream,” said board c-chairman and “Father of the Prius” Takeshi Uchiyamada.
“We are grateful to each and every one of our customers who have helped us achieve this important [global] milestone,” he said.
Toyota has sold 139,699 Prius-family vehicles to fleets in the U.S., says a spokesman.
More than a Numerical Milestone’
Toyota estimated this week that, as of January 31, the use of its hybrid vehicles as an alternative to conventional gasoline-powered vehicles of similar size and driving performance has resulted in approximately 77 million fewer tons of carbon dioxide emissions and has saved approximately 7.66 billion gallons of gasoline (29 million kiloliters).
“More than a numerical milestone, the results demonstrate the staying power of hybrid powertrain technology, which has emerged as a mainstream solution to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants,” the company said.
“Toyota values activities to help reduce the environmental effects of automobiles. This achievement builds on the belief that widespread adoption of more environmentally-friendly vehicles can make a significant positive impact worldwide.”
Fleet orders received by March 10 will be fulfilled in July.
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