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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)
  1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005* Total
* January–October
Japan 300 17,700 15,300 12,500 18,500 19,900 27,200 68,700 49,400 229,500
Overseas 6,500 18,400 21,400 26,100 66,000 145,000 283,800
Total 300 17,700 15,300 19,000 36,900 41,300 53,300 134,700 194,800 513,300


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
Japan 177,600 26,900 5,900 4,100 2,100
Overseas 249,200 20,600 14,000
Total 426,800 26,900 5,900 24,700 16,100



I'd like to see a life cycle analysis of replacing clunkers with hybrids. Presumably it takes the same embodied energy input equivalent to around 120,000L/34,000 gal of fuel to manufacture a hybrid as the current model gas guzzlers. Could it be that places like Cuba that keep dinosaurs going even with poor fuel economy are still using less energy in the long run? Also need to factor in the battery replacement.


Mike, are the Estima and Crown hybrids still produced? If so, are they still running on THS, or have they been upgraded to THS II/HSD? Why haven't they introduced these guys elsewhere? I thought the estima was nearly identical to the previa still being sold in europe. i also find it amusing that the Crown sedan is currently showing up on toyota.com as a concept vehicle. heh go figure.
also notice how it was only in 2005 that worldwide sales beat japanese sales. took them long enough!


Yes. The Crown is a mild hybrid--different fom the THS II/HSD group.

The Estima started out with an earlier version of THS, but Toyota showed a prototype equipped with the latest THS-II and a waste heat recovery system at the Tokyo show in October.

While a hybrid Sienna in the US is expected, I don't think Toyota has announced it yet.

Beats me why they haven't introduced a hybrid minivan overseas yet. I think those will do very well.

Tripp Bisop

So is the waste heat recovery system in the Estima a switched reluctance generator similar to what you guys posted back in AUG-SEP timeframe? Seems like putting these kinds of systems in most new vehicles, whether they're hybrid or not, is a no brainer.

Melanie Ramey

To Whom It May Concern,

I am a Mohawk Student in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada and I am doing a project on creating a "Hybrid Conference in the USA. I would very much like to have someone from Toyota come and be member on a Panel to speak about "The Factors Affecting the Development of Hybrid Cars". This is just a project, but if you can supply me with a name, education and employment history and the cost to have someone speak it would be very much appreciated.
I thank you for your help,
Melanie Ramey


Toyota Hybrid bis 2005

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