|Prius Sales through 2005. Click to enlarge.|
Worldwide cumulative sales of the Toyota Prius have passed the half-million mark, with 504,700 units having been sold by the end of April this year, according to Toyota. Overall cumulative worldwide sales of all Toyota and Lexus hybrid vehicles passed the 600,000 mark at the end of March this year.
Toyota launched the Prius in 1997 in Japan and began selling it in North America and Europe in 2000. Toyota introduced the second-generation Prius, equipped with the Toyota Hybrid System II, in 2003 with an emphasis on delivering both eco-friendliness and driving performance.
|Sales and distribution Jan-Apr 2006.|
The Prius is now being made outside Japan for the first time, with production for the Chinese market starting in Changchun, China in December.
Toyota recently began selling the Camry Hybrid, which has shown very strong sales performance in the US, and the Lexus GS450h. The company plans to continue to widen its hybrid vehicle lineup.