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4 million Toyota and Lexus full hybrid vehicles sold

Total global sales of Toyota and Lexus full hybrid vehicles Total global sales of Toyota and Lexus full hybrid vehicles have hit the 4 million mark as of 30 April 2012. Cumulative sales of full hybrid vehicles in Europe reached 423,000 units, and 94,000 in the UK.

The Toyota Prius , the world’s first mass-produced hybrid passenger vehicle, was launched in December, 1997 in Japan. However the first hybrid vehicle was actually a bus, the Toyota Coaster Hybrid EV, which was introduced to the Japanese market in August 1997.

Sales of the Prius began in Europe, North America and elsewhere in 2000. The second generation Toyota Prius was launched in 2003 at which point the company expanded the use of its full hybrid technology to vehicles such as minivans, SUVs, luxury saloons and family hatchbacks. The third-generation Prius was launched in May 2009 and led to global cumulative sales of Toyota hybrid vehicles topping 3 million vehicles by the end of February 2011.

As Toyota’s hybrid range expanded, localised production started such as the UK-built Toyota Auris Hybrid and the forthcoming Toyota Yaris Hybrid which will be built in France. Later this year, the range will appeal to an even wider audience with the launch of the seven seat Prius+ and Prius Plug-in Hybrid.

Globally, Toyota currently sells 19 full hybrid passenger vehicle models in approximately 80 countries. This year, hybrid vehicles have accounted for 15% of Toyota’s global vehicle sales.

Toyota estimates its full hybrid vehicles have led to a saving of approximately 26 million tonnes of CO 2 emissions compared to what would have been emitted by petrol or diesel powered vehicles of similar size and driving performance.

Having positioned hybrid as a key technology, Toyota plans to continue working to further raise performance, reduce costs, and expand its product line-up, including that of non-hybrid environment-friendly vehicles.

Toyota Motor Corporation hybrid timeline and sales figures:

Year

Month

Milestone

1997

Mar

Toyota Hybrid System (THS) unveiled

Aug

Coaster Hybrid EV launched (Japan only)

Dec

Prius launched

2000

Nov

Start of full hybrid sales in Europe; Cumulative Prius sales top 50,000 vehicles

2001

Jun

Estima (Previa) 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 (RX 400h) and Kluger Hybrid (Highlander Hybrid) launched

Oct

Cumulative hybrid vehicle sales top 500,000 mark

Dec

Second-generation Prius production commenced at the Changchunplant in China

2006

Mar

GS 450h launched in Japan

Apr

Cumulative Prius sales top 500,000 vehicles

May

Camry Hybrid launched (for sale outside Japan)

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
; LS 600h/LS 600hL launched

2008

Feb

Crown Hybrid unveiled (launched in April; Japan only)

May

Cumulative Prius sales top 1 million vehicles

2009

Jan

RX 450h unveiled (launched in April)

May

Third-generation Prius launched

Jul

Camry Hybrid production commenced at the TMT’s Gateway Plant, Thailand; 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 the TMCA’s Altona Plant, Australia

2010

Apr

Camry Hybrid production commenced at the GTMC’s plant in China

Jun

Auris Hybrid production commenced at the TMUK’s Burnaston Plant, UK; Auris Hybrid launched (for sale outside Japan)

Jul

Cumulative sales in Japan of TMC hybrids top 1 million vehicles

Sep

Cumulative Prius sales top 2 million vehicles

Nov

Third-generation Prius production commenced at TMT’s 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; CT 200h unveiled

Feb

Cumulative hybrid vehicle sales top 3 million mark

May

Prius ? launched

Aug

Prius sales in Japan top 1 million mark; Camry Hybrid unveiled; Hybrid models of the Alphard and Vellfire added (launched in November, Japan only);

Oct

TMEC of China conducts cornerstone laying ceremony and announces plan to produce and sell vehicles with hybrid system produced in China jointly with China FAW Group and GAC by around 2015

Nov

Prius PHV unveiled (launched in January 2012 in Japan and March in the U.S.and scheduled for launch in Europe in the summer of 2012)

Dec

Production of third-generation Prius commenced at SFTM’s Changchun Plant in China; Aqua unveiled

2012

Jan

Redesigned GS 450h launched

Feb

Start of Highlander Hybrid production at Indiana Plant in the U.S.in the second half of 2013 announced; production and sale of Camry Hybrid in Taiwan commenced

Apr

Cumulative hybrid vehicle sales top 4 million mark