Toyota Hybrid Sales Top 9 Million Worldwide
Toyota recently announced that as of April 30th this year its global hybrid sales had reached a staggering 9.014 million vehicles, a feat that few would have predicted when Toyota’s first hybrid rolled off the lines almost 20 years ago. It is an especially impressive accomplishment when you consider that they only passed the 8 million mark 9 months ago, making this the second time that Toyota has sold over 1 million hybrids in less than a year. Let’s take a closer look at Toyota’s long and proud history of hybrids thus far.
20 years and counting
Toyota’s very first hybrid was known as the Coaster Hybrid EV and was released in March 1997 to relatively little fanfare. The Coaster was followed only a matter of months later by Toyota’s second ever hybrid – the first generation Prius – and the rest is history. Not only has the Prius taken the automotive world by storm, but Toyota has been at the forefront of green industry practices ever since, now boasting an expansive range that includes 33 hybrids and one dedicated plug-in.
First released in October, 1997, the Toyota Prius was the world’s first mass-produced hybrid passenger vehicle and over the course of almost 20 years it has played a vital role in making hybrid vehicles attractive to the mainstream. Aside from making drivers think about their vehicle’s emissions and finally giving them a greener option, this revolutionary vehicle has also sparked massive investments in green technology across the auto industry and beyond. The Prius has now sold over 3.7 million units and remains the number one selling hybrid vehicle worldwide.
Environmental benefits of hybrids
In the 20 years since the first Coaster and Prius, Toyota’s ever-expanding hybrid community has certainly made a positive impact. Toyota estimates that the use of their hybrid vehicles has meant 67 million fewer tons3 of CO2 emissions released into the atmosphere and roughly 25 million kilolitres less fuel burned.
Toyota’s award winning hybrids
Hybrid technology and Toyota vehicles have long proven to be a match made in heaven and together they have taken home countless industry awards over the years. The following are just a few of their more recent honours;
- The 2016 Toyota Prius was named an IIHS Top Safety Pick + by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)
- The 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid was named Best Hybrid SUV for Families by the US News and World Report
- The 2016 Toyota Prius v was named the Most Efficient Station Wagon by National Resource Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency
- The hydrogen-powered 2016 Toyota Mirai was named the World Green Car of the Year at the New York International Auto Show
- Toyota was named the Best Hybrid Brand in Canada for 2016 by Vincentric
Rather than rest on their laurels, Toyota has announced plans to increase its eco-friendly efforts by boosting annual hybrid sales to 1.5 million globally and 15 million total sales by 2020. Here at Sargent Toyota we are proud to offer one of Western Canada’s finest selections of eco-friendly vehicles, so if you have been considering investing in a hybrid drop by and test drive one today! You will find us conveniently located here at 10625 117 Ave Grande Prairie.