• Apr 6, 2011
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California Toyota dealers may or may not be running out of Priuses, but the hybrid is most certainly still popular. How else to explain the news that one million of the iconic fuel-mizers have been sold in the U.S., as Toyota just announced.

Back in mid-2008, the company said it had sold one million Priuses around the world, which was a big enough deal. To reach that landmark, it took around five years; the first Prius was introduced over a decade ago, but it was the second-generation Prius, introduced in 2003, that really sparked sales. It took Toyota only two more years to sell another million Priuses, and Toyota has sold over three million total hybrids as of October 2010. That sounds impressive, but Charlie Sheen got 3.4 million followers on Twitter in, like, a minute, so let's keep things in perspective.



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Toyota Sells One-Millionth Prius in the U.S.

TORRANCE, Calif., April 5, 2011 – Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today announced the one-millionth sale of the Toyota Prius, the world's first mass-produced hybrid gas-electric vehicle, in the United States. It is the third milestone for Toyota's hybrid lineup in the last six months that started with the announcement of worldwide Toyota Prius sales topping two million in October 2010 and overall global Toyota hybrid sales passing three million last month.
"Since the Prius went on sale eleven years ago not a year has gone by when it hasn't been the number one selling hybrid vehicle in the U.S," said Bob Carter, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager. "Prius has become synonymous with the word hybrid and as we see fuel prices starting to rise again, it has accounted for more than 60 percent of hybrid passenger car sales so far this year. Prius paved the way for hybrids and while it is still the hybrid leader in sales and fuel economy, I'm proud to say that since its introduction, 13 other auto brands have seen the benefits of hybrid technology and joined the hybrid market."

The third-generation Prius topped the EPA's list of the Most Fuel Efficient Vehicles for 2011. It has been named the Best Overall Value of the Year for the last nine years in a row by IntelliChoice, and has the highest owner loyalty of any mid-size vehicle for four of the last five years according to R.L. Polk. More than 97 percent of all Toyota Prii sold since 2000 are still on the road.

Since it was introduced in the U.S. in 2000, Prius, when compared to the average car, has saved American consumers more than an estimated 881 million gallons of gas, $2.19 billion in fuel costs, and 12.4 million tons of CO2 emissions.

In January 2011 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Toyota debuted the Prius v, the first vehicle to be debuted as part of the Prius family marketing strategy. Prius v, which goes on sale in third quarter of 2011, is a mid-size vehicle that provides more than 50 percent additional interior cargo space than the current Prius. In early 2012 Prius will launch two more Prius family members – the Prius c compact hybrid vehicle and the Prius Plug-in Hybrid vehicle.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Still an overrated ugly piece of junk! All Toyota's are ugly!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      how refreshing and liberating it is not to see japanese or korean manufacturers at all on the list...personally i would have liked at least one European manufacturer on the list, but I take this anytime over the asians.
      Congratulations America!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      You neversee an old one around. No first, 2nd generations at all. Somehow they are all bought up by the company, i guress.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Having a Prius doesn't mean you're not an enthusiast. It doesn't matter what car you drive when you're stuck in traffic. At least I can play around and stay in EV mode as long as I can. Now if my commute was a no traffic winding road, I would take my Miata everyday. :-)
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good for them. I don't care for how the Prius looks or the arrogance that owners sometimes have, but the Prius has really changed the way the general public thinks about fuel-efficient cars and moderate-sized hatchbacks (i.e., no longer solely objects of scorn). And the less gas the general public uses, the more is left for us driving enthusiasts, no?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Agreed. Not a fan of the looks of the car but it's success cannot be denied.

        I heard GM is hoping to sell 1 million Volts by the year 2374 or by the time Jesus comes back, whichever comes first:)

        Lets see how long it takes the Toyota haters and/or GM/Volt fanbois to reply to respond to this post.....
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's not the second-generation Prius, it's the third. I also hear it referred to as the "Prius II" a lot?

      What's the matter, the first-gen Prius didn't look unique enough to scream "I'M A HYBRID!" from miles away for most people's tastes?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Maybe they were referring to the trim levels? II is the base model (I guess nobody wants to seem too cheap so there's no level I trim).
        • 3 Years Ago
        As for the "Prius 2" name being attached to the third-gen Prius, Toyota has the most confusing trim level names ever invented. For the third-gen Prius, there are four trim levels, called the "Prius 2," "Prius 3," "Prius 4," and "Prius 5." I'm guessing the Prius 1 is a fleet-sale-only thing, as you can't build one on Toyota's website. So yeah, unlike pretty much every other model on the planet, the Prius uses numbers to refer to trim levels instead of generations.
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm just glad their using "Priuses" and not "Pruii" non-sense. DO NOT CORRECT IT AUTOBLOG. Priuses.
      • 3 Years Ago
      weak!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cheap interior, low quality carpets and an absolute aweful design, give credit for the engine system though. Interesting technology in very boring shell.
        • 3 Years Ago
        You forgot over-priced and inefficient, but why are you describing the Volt on a Prius article comment section?!??!?
      • 3 Years Ago
      First (USA) year driver here! 2001 and good em pee gees
        • 3 Years Ago
        Race ya! (but only up to the speed limit.)
        • 3 Years Ago
        So's my TDI...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Now we know how many Pious morons there are in the country!
      • 3 Years Ago
      cool beans, more gas for me!
        • 3 Years Ago
        These beans you speak of, do they give gas to all who eat them?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice milestone.
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