If you throw out the question "which car best symbolizes the hybrid segment?", the nearly unanimous answer is the Toyota Prius. The Prius's success in the hybrid segment is unparalleled and it has become the definitive example of what a hybrid ought to be. Even though the Prius is the best-selling hybrid worldwide and the top-selling model in all of Japan, the quintessential hybrid hasn't exactly caught fire in Europe. It is, though, becoming increasingly popular over there every year.
In 2008, total European sales of the Toyota Prius hit the 100,000 mark. Though the Prius was introduced in Europe back in 2000, it took a long time to hit six figures. The European love affair with diesels hampered the hybrid's early success, but Toyota remained confident that the Prius would one day make in-roads into the market. From 2008 to the present, cumulative sales of the Prius doubled in Europe, reaching the 200,000 mark just days ago. Though it's a reached a new high in Europe, 200,000 is but a small fraction of the car's global sales. It is expected to eclipse two million units this fall. The Prius holds the title of Europe's best-selling hybrid and we don't see it relinquishing that standing any time soon. Follow the jump for more info on the success of the Prius across the pond.