document : Worldwide Sales of TMC Hybrids Top 5 Million Units

Worldwide Sales of TMC Hybrids Top 5 Million Units
information supplied by: Toyota South Africa 19 April 2013

  • 5,125 million hybrid vehicles sold since the launch of the first hybrid
  • 18 new hybrid vehicles planned by December 2015
  • 34 tons of CO2 and 12 million kiloliters of fuel saved by hybrid vehicles
Toyota City, Japan - Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces that cumulative global sales of its hybrid vehicles topped the 5 million unit mark as of March 31, 2013, reaching 5.125 million units.
TMC’s promotion of hybrid vehicles and their mass market adoption is driven as a management priority and based on the company’s belief that environment-friendly vehicles can only truly have a positive impact if they are used widely.
Last year, hybrid vehicles accounted for 14 percent of TMC’s global vehicle sales and
40 percent of its vehicle sales in Japan. As of this month, TMC sells 19 hybrid passenger car models and one plug-in hybrid model in approximately 80 countries and regions around the world, and between now and December 2015, TMC will launch a total of 18 new hybrid vehicles worldwide and is committed to augmenting its product lineup even further and increasing the number of countries and regions where it sells hybrid vehicles.
TMC calculates that as of March 31, 2013, TMC hybrid vehicles2 have resulted in approximately 34 million fewer tons cubed of CO2 emissions—believed to be a cause of global warming—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 12 million kiloliters of gasoline compared to the amount used by gasoline-powered vehicles of similar size.
In 1997 in Japan, TMC launched the Coaster Hybrid EV in August and launched the “Prius”—the world’s first mass-produced hybrid passenger vehicle—in December. Since then, TMC hybrid vehicles have received tremendous support from consumers around the world.
TMC Vice Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada, who was responsible for development of the first-generation Prius, said: “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.
“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.”
Having positioned hybrid technologies that enable the use of different fuel combinations—including the component technologies necessary for development of various environment-friendly cars—as core environmental technologies for the twenty-first century, TMC plans to continue working to further raise performance, reduce costs, and expand its product lineup—including that of non-hybrid environment-friendly vehicles—to create vehicles that are popular with consumers.
Link to dedicated web content including a video message from Vice Chairman Uchiyamada:
1Including plug-in hybrid vehicles; TMC data
2Excluding the Coaster Hybrid EV and Quick Delivery 200
3Number of registered vehicles × distance traveled × fuel efficiency (actual fuel efficiency in each country) × CO2 conversion factor
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