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

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:

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
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 the second half of 2013 announced; production and sale of Camry Hybrid in Taiwan commenced
Apr Cumulative hybrid vehicle sales top 4 million mark