• Mar 9, 2011
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Toyota has sold just over three million hybrids globally since it introduced its first, the Toyota Coaster Hybrid EV bus in 1997, followed that same year by the first-gen Prius. More impressive is the fact that more than a million of those sales have come since August of 2009.

Toyota offers 16 different hybrid models around the world, and it's about to introduce several new variations of the Prius to our shores. Toyota's Lexus luxury division has augmented the company's hybrid movement, offering a gas-electric electric option on the RX, GS and LS models, and two dedicated hybrids, the CT and HS.

By the end of 2012, Toyota says it will add 10 more hybrid models to the global market. According to Toyota, hybrid vehicles had saved the nearly 18 million tons of C02 it would have produced building similarly sized traditional gas-powered cars.



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Three million Toyota hybrids... and counting
Global sales reach new milestone.


Worldwide cumulative sales of Toyota hybrid vehicles have topped the three million mark, with 3.03 million recorded by the end of February this year.

Since the launch of the Toyota Coaster Hybrid EV coach in August 1997 and the introduction of the first-generation Prius - the world's first mass-produced hybrid - in December the same year, Toyota has successfully propelled hybrid technology from automotive niche towards the mainstream, an achievement demonstrated by an acceleration in sales that has seen more than a million new hybrids being added to the sales total since August 2009.

In the UK hybrid sales began with Prius in October 2000 and have reached more than 73,000. Today British customers can choose from six Toyota and Lexus hybrids, including the British-built Auris and the new Lexus CT 200h, the first full hybrid in the luxury compact segment. Around the world Toyota currently offers 16 hybrids in around 80 countries, including MPVs, saloons, hatchbacks and SUVs, plus three commercial vehicles in Japan. The rate of growth is expected to quicken further, as Toyota prepares for the introduction of 10 new hybrids in world markets by the end of 2012, including six new vehicles and four redesigned models.

The company is committed to building this line-up further and also expanding the number of world markets in which its hybrids are available. As of the end of February this year, Toyota calculates that its hybrid sales* have led to approximately 18 million fewer tons** of CO2 emissions than would have been produced by petrol-powered vehicles of comparable size and performance. *Excluding Coaster Hybrid EV, Dyna Hybrid, Toyotace Hybrid and Quick Delivery 200 ** Number of registered vehicles x distance travelled x fuel costs (actual fuel efficiency in each country x CO2 conversion factor. 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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      • 3 Years Ago
      SMUG ALERT!!!!

      "THAAAAAAAANNNNNNNXXXX!!!!"

      SO....OVER 3 MILLION PEOPLE LOVE THE SMELL OF THEIR OWN FARTS???
        • 3 Years Ago
        I guess nobody around here watches Southpark.
        That reference was pretty damn hilarious but I guess nobody caught on.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yo you took my comment....that is HILARIOUS!!!!

        "Nice car!!"

        "Thanxxx"

        So what do we do when the smug cloud from Charley Sheen runs into the smug cloud from all the Prius owners?????

        people need to watch more south park
      • 3 Years Ago
      Prii everywhere!
      • 3 Years Ago
      why so much hate for the prius? diff strokes for diff folks.

      Kudos to toyota for making such an awesome little hybrid.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I live in nyc and there are plenty of priuses here. I haven't seen a higher frequency of asshattery among prius drivers than other cars. There is just a lot of bad drivers in general and prius drivers, in my mind, don't stand out. Also I've never come across a prius owner who was 'smug' as many ppl on car blogs have described them to be. If they are in the fast lane driving slow, I don't care what kind of car it is because whoever the driver is is a d*ck.

        The only reason I would consider a prius wouldn't be for environmental reasons, but more so the "selfish" reason you just described: To save money at the pump. Of course I don't drive enough to account for the premium spent on a hybrid car. I bet for those that drive all the time, it must feel to have a car that is fuel efficient and doesn't break the bank. Obviously for those that don't drive much, this car doesn't make sense. This is a GREAT appliance.

        • 3 Years Ago
        @chevyss_98

        I drive a fairly sporty, manual car about a decade old. I hope I can afford to never drive a prius, but I still respect the prius. You should focus your frustrations on the govt to have tighter and more stringent regulations in terms of getting a drivers license. I'm sure you've encountered terrible drivers in "used cars" and nice sports cars. Even if prius drivers tend to be asshats... correlation doesn't imply causality. You should be directing your hate to the drivers and not the car.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "GREAT APPLIANCE"????????

        WTF IS WRONG WITH YOU, CARS ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE DISPOSABLE

        ITS NOT A GODDAMN DISHWASHER THAT YOU CAN JUST SHOVE SOME JET-DRY INTO

        CARS ARE A COMPLEX PIECE OF MACHNIERY

        THE FACT THAT YOU LIVE IN NEW YORK PUTS YOU IN A BUBBLE NOT QUITE CONNECTED WITH THE "REAL WORLD"

        YOUR PROBABLY ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE THAT THROWS OUT A 4 YEAR OLD REFRIDGERATOR BECAUSE SOMEBODY TOLD YOU THE NEWER ONE IS MORE EFFICIENT

        HERE IN CANADA, EVERYONE WHO OWNS ONE IS IN THE WAY ON THE HIGHWAY AND MAKES HORRIBLE DRIVING MISTAKES

        MAYBE THATS BECAUSE ITS NOT A BLENDER WITH 5 SPEEDS


        PEOPLE WHO DRIVE PRIUSES ARE ASSHATS, YOUR BETTER OFF BUYING A USED CAR AND TAKING CARE OF IT TO MAKE IT LAST
      • 3 Years Ago
      And Toyota's hybrid sales rate will go nowhere but up with gas prices these days. When you ask someone on the street what they think of as the most fuel efficient vehicle in the market today -- 9 times out of 10 they'll say the Prius.
        • 3 Years Ago
        And the one person out of 10 who names another car is wrong (barring EVs).
        • 3 Years Ago
        .. and you can expect that will be the answer for quite some time until all companies start selling their diesel engines here, as they do in Europe, Asia and Australia ... It is normal to see 1.4L i4 diesel engines or 1.6L to go well above 65MPG easy, very easy ...
      • 3 Years Ago
      I see that even the haters here have fallen for Toyota's latest marketing campaign to address the plural as "Prii." Toyota wins again.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I respect that some don't understand the virtues of the Prius yet it's pretty sad that people TRYING to do some good, in whatever way are so despised. Odd.

      Anyway, regardless of all the crabby attitudes, I'm super curious to see where Toyota will add 12 new hybrids to the line. I'm sure hoping for a hybrid [diesel!] Sienna. I've had my 3 pedal cars- 17 of them, but hell, the job makes me drive a biggie now and I'd SURE like to feed the pockets of big oil a lot less- while spending time driving instead of filling up.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Let's see how long it will take for Chevy to sell this many Volt cars.
      • 3 Years Ago
      What about the extra CO2 to produce them? Maybe it doesn't amount to much, but I'm curious.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Prius is one of (if not, the) the most environmentally unkind vehicles currently in production. You can bet it amounts to a lot. Between the nickel mining needed to manufacture the batteries and all the global shipping that takes place to bring all the bits together for final assembly in Japan. Anyone who thinks that the Toyota Pruis is a car that is somehow kinder to the environment than other cars must also think that there IS such a thing as a free lunch and is kidding themselves. Shame that so many well-meaning people have been fooled.
      • 3 Years Ago
      GOOD POST !
      • 3 Years Ago
      There are 3 million Prii on the roads?! No wonder whats up with all the traffic jams.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @George

        Part of the reason there are so many Prii on the road is that a lot of those same grannies traded in their Town Cars and Caddys for the Toyota Prius.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The 3 mil hybrids have less to do with the trafic jams than the 10 mill grannies driving V8-powered Caddys and Linconls @ 40mph .....
      • 3 Years Ago
      So now what do we do with 3,000,000+ depleted batteries?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Most of the respondents to this post apparently wear rosy glasses but at the risk of being flagged down, I still would say it:
        I wonder, when somebody get guts to do an objective test: take a 7 year old Prius and do 2 same-route, same-manner drive runs, one with the battery connected and the other with the battery disconnected. The bet would be that there will be no difference in fuel consumption. But if you take out the battery and through it away, fuel economy will actually improve as the car will not carry the dead weight.
        Now you can go and flag me down.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yet, the global warming continues. I thought if we bought more efficient cars the planet would be saved.

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