Toyota has announced that it has sold 8 million hybrid vehicles since the launch of the Prius in 1997. The last one million units have been sold in just 10 months with 709,600 hybrid cars finding homes in H1 2015.
The company claims that as of July 31, its hybrid vehicles have approximately resulted in 58 million fewer tons of CO2 emissions than what would have been emitted by petrol vehicles of same size and driving performance. It further states that its hybrid vehicles have saved about 22 million kiloliters of gasoline as well.
The eight million hybrid vehicles sold by Toyota includes those sold by its luxury brand Lexus. The maximum number of vehicles has been sold in Japan (3,887,800), followed by North America (2,789,100) and Europe (930,100). Meanwhile, the best-selling car has been the Prius, of which more than 3.5 million units have been delivered to the customers.
At present, Toyota offers 30 hybrid passenger car models and one plug-in hybrid model in more than 90 markets. In the past 12 months, the company has launched several new hybrid models, including the Japan-only Esquire Hybrid, the Lexus RC300h and the Toyota Sienta Hybrid. Meanwhile, the Corolla Hybrid and RAV4 Hybrid are in the pipeline.
More information can be found in the press release embedded below.