Eric Tipan / Toyota | February 15, 2017 08:00
Toyota surpasses 10 million hybrid sales after launching their first ever hybrid 20 years ago
A congratulations is in order to Toyota Motor Corporation for not only reducing harmful vehicular emissions and their negative effects but for a major milestone in achieving cumulative global hybrid vchicles sales of more than 10 million units.
Toyota looks beyond this feat and revels in the ability of a technology they pioneered to become a 'mainstream solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants.'
Just after reaching 9 million units at the end of April 2016, sales from all around the world of Toyota hybrids units hit 10.05 million in January 17, 2017 - twenty years after the Prius made it world debut.
With Toyota hybrid units gaining a new level of acceptance and popularity, the automaker estimates that it has contributed to approximately 77 million fewer tons of CO2 emissions and has saved approximately 29 million kiloliters of gasoline.
"When we launched Prius, no one even knew what a hybrid was. Those who drove it were called geeks or other names. Today, thanks to those early adopters who gave Prius a chance, hybrids have grown in popularity, and have ridden a wave of success out of the unknown and into the mainstream. We are grateful to each and every one of our customers who has helped us achieve this important milestone of 10 million hybrid sales. We are committed to continue working hand-in-hand with them to tackle global environmental issues," said Takeshi Uchiyamada, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Toyota and known as the father of the Prius.