Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces that the cumulative (Toyota and Lexus) global sales of its hybrid vehicles topped the 5 million unit mark since the company started selling hybrid vehicles in 1997. As of March 31, 2013 a total of 5.125 million units has been sold by TMC.
Currently, TMC sells 19 different hybrid passenger car models and 1 plug-in hybrid model in approximately 80 countries and regions worldwide. By the end of 2015, TMC is expecting to launch a total of 18 new hybrid models, including a fuel cell vehicle, in addition to this, TMC will also increase its presence on other countries and regions.
TMC calculates that as of March 31, 2013, TMC hybrid vehicles have resulted in approximately 34 million tonnes fewer tonnes of CO2 emissions than would have been emitted by gasoline-powered vehicles of similar size and driving performance. TMC also estimates that its hybrid vehicles have saved approximately 1.2 billion liters of gasoline compared to the amount used by gasoline-powered vehicles of similar size.
“We developed the first-generation Prius with the aim of making it a car for the twenty-first century and as an indication of Toyota’s response to environmental issues. We had to develop a hybrid system from scratch, making our task extremely difficult. Nevertheless, we took on the challenge." said TMC Vice-Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada, who was responsible for development of the first-generation Prius.
"The launch of the first-generation Prius had effects beyond our expectations, with the vehicle increasing consumer environmental awareness and raising hybrid vehicle expectations. The understanding of consumers at launch time laid the foundation for the widespread adoption, and, since then, consumers have continued to support TMC hybrid vehicles. For this, I am extremely grateful.” added Mr. Uchiyamada.