Toyota Worldwide Hybrid Sales Top 500,000
25 November 2005
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Cumulative worldwide sales of Toyota hybrids have topped the 500,000 mark, with approximately 513,000 units sold worldwide by the end of October this year. The majority of those sales (426,800, or 83%) come from the Prius.
Toyota launched the Prius—the world’s first mass-produced hybrid vehicle—in Japan in 1997 and began selling it in North America, Europe and elsewhere in 2000. In 2001, it added in Japan the Estima Hybrid minivan, the Crown luxury sedan mild hybrid and the Dyna light-duty hybrid truck.
In 2003, Toyota introduced in the second-generation Prius a new-generation hybrid system. In 2005, it expanded use of this system to SUVs in the form of the Lexus RX400h (Harrier Hybrid in Japan) and the Highlander Hybrid (Kluger Hybrid in Japan).
Scheduled for release in spring 2006 is a rear-wheel drive hybrid Lexus GS450h.
|Cumulative Toyota Hybrid Sales Worldwide (rounded to nearest hundred)|
|Sales of Main Toyota Hybrid Models|
|Prius||Estima Hybrid||Crown mild Hybrid||Harrier Hybrid (Rx400h)||Kluger Hybrid (Highlander)|
|Start of sales in Japan||Dec 1997||Jun 2001||Aug 2001||Mar 2005||Mar 2005|
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