Toyota Marks Seven Million Global Hybrid Sales.
It was August 1997 when Toyota first started making hybrid vehicles. The automaker launched its Coast hybrid EV bus in Japan, followed in December by the first generation Prius which is the first mass-produced hybrid car.
Toyota then introduced hybrid motoring in the UK with the launch of the Prius in 2000 and since then, the brand's hybrid range has enjoyed increasing support from customers around the world.
So much so, that the cumulative hybrid sales for Toyota have just sailed through the seven-million mark.
In all, Toyota has sold 7.053 million hybrid vehicles globally till date.
More impressive is the fact that the last one million units were added to the tally in a period of just nine months.
The brand currently sells 28 different passenger car models sold in more than 90 countries worldwide.
Expectedly, Toyota has announced that more new models and markets will be added in the future.
The company has released some rather interesting facts and figures pertaining to the efficiency of hybrid vehicles.
As of September 30, the brand's hybrid range has reduced the amount of CO2 entering the atmosphere by approximately 49 million tonnes, compared to the impact the same number of equivalent petrol-powered vehicles would have.
What makes up for an even more interesting read is the claim that hybrids have saved around 18,000 million litres of petrol up till now.
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Toyota Motor Corporation is a Japanese automotive manufacturer headquartered in Toyota, Aichi, Japan.
In 2013 the multinational corporation consisted of 333,498 employees worldwide and, as of January 2014, is the fourteenth-largest company in the world by revenue.
Toyota was the largest automobile manufacturer in 2012 (by production).
In July of that year, the company reported the production of its 200-millionth vehicle.
Toyota is the world's first automobile manufacturer to produce more than 10 million vehicles per year.
It did so in 2012 according to OICA, and in 2013 according to company data.
As of July 2014, Toyota was the largest listed company in Japan by market capitalization (worth more than twice as much as #2-ranked SoftBank) and by revenue.
The company was founded by Kiichiro Toyoda in 1937 as a spinoff from his father's company Toyota Industries to create automobiles.
Three years earlier, in 1934, while still a department of Toyota Industries, it created its first product, the Type A engine, and, in 1936, its first passenger car, the Toyota AA.
Toyota Motor Corporation produces vehicles under 5 brands, including the Toyota brand, Hino, Lexus, Ranz, and Scion.
It also holds a 51.2% stake in Daihatsu, a 16.66% stake in Fuji Heavy Industries, a 5.9% stake in Isuzu, and a 0.27% stake in Tesla, as well as joint-ventures with two in China (GAC Toyota and Sichuan FAW Toyota Motor), one in India (Toyota Kirloskar), one in the Czech Republic (TPCA), along with several "nonautomotive" companies.
TMC is part of the Toyota Group, one of the largest conglomerates in the world.
The Toyota Prius is a full hybrid electric mid-size hatchback, formerly a compact sedan developed and manufactured by Toyota.
The EPA and California Air Resources Board (CARB) rate the Prius as among the cleanest vehicles sold in the United States based on smog-forming emissions.
The Prius first went on sale in Japan in 1997, and was available at all four Toyota Japan dealerships, making it the first mass-produced hybrid vehicle.
It was subsequently introduced worldwide in 2000.
The Prius is sold in almost 80 countries and regions, with its largest markets being those of Japan and the United States.
Global cumulative Prius sales reached the milestone 1 million vehicle mark in May 2008, 2 million in September 2010, and passed the 3 million mark in June 2013.
Cumulative sales of 1 million Prii were achieved in the U.S. by early April 2011, and Japan reached the 1 million mark in August 2011.
In 2011, Toyota expanded the Prius family to include the Prius v, an extended hatchback wagon, and the Prius c, a subcompact hatchback.
The production version of the Prius plug-in hybrid was released in 2012.
The Prius family reached global cumulative sales of 3.8 million units by June 2013, representing 71.7% of Toyota hybrid sales of 5.3 million Lexus and Toyota units sold worldwide since 1997.
Global sales of the Prius c family passed the 500,000 mark in August 2013, with sales led by Japan with 448,703 Aquas, followed by the U.S. with 65,583 Prii c.
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