Cumulative sales of Toyota Motor hybrids top 2M units in Japan, 4.6M worldwide; 1.02M from Jan to Oct. (corrected)
|Global annual sales of TMC hybrids. Data: TMC. Click to enlarge.|
Cumulative sales in Japan of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) hybrid vehicles—including plug-in hybrids—reached 2.04 million units as of 31 October. Globally, cumulative sales of TMC-produced hybrid vehicles since the first was launched in 1997 have now topped 4.60 million units, with 1.02 million selling from January 1 through October 31 this year.
Of the global 4.6 million units, the Prius family accounts for 3.3 million (71.5%): 2,804.9 million Prius; 224,000 Prius α (Prius v); 259,700 Aqua (Prius c). The hybrid model with the next highest cumulative sales is the Camry (317,200)—6.9% of the global total—followed by the RX 400h/RX 450h with 256,600 units (5.6%).
As of the end of October 2012, there are 19 TMC-produced hybrid passenger car models and one plug-in hybrid vehicle model available in approximately 80 countries and regions around the world. In Japan, TMC produces 15 hybrid passenger car models and one plug-in hybrid vehicle model. Cumulative global sales of TMC-produced hybrid vehicles topped the 4-million-unit mark at the end of April this year.
Globally, Toyota plans to launch 20 new hybrid models by the end of 2015 and will make further efforts to expand its hybrid vehicle product lineup and sales territories. In Japan, the launch of the Aqua hybrid compact hatchback (Prius c) and rising awareness of hybrid vehicles have pushed the percentage of hybrid vehicles sold higher each year. Approximately 40% of Toyota’s sales in Japan and 14% of global sales are hybrid vehicles.
Toyota calculates that as of 31 October, TMC-produced hybrid vehicles sold since 1997 have reduced CO2 emissions by approximately 30 million tons worldwide and approximately 9 million tons in Japan compared to the amount of emissions from gasoline-powered vehicles of similar size and driving performance.
Furthermore, Toyota estimates that its hybrid vehicles have saved approximately 11 million kilo liters of gasoline (approximately 2.9 billion gallons US) worldwide compared to the amount used by gasoline-powered vehicles of similar size.
Toyota positions hybrid technologies that enable the use of different fuel combinations—including all component technologies necessary for various types of eco-cars—as core environmental technologies for the twenty-first century. In addition to the development of eco-cars beyond hybrids, Toyota says it will continue to work to raise hybrid vehicle performance and expand its hybrid vehicle lineup while reducing costs, so as to offer a wide-range of vehicles to suit as many consumers as possible.
In 1997 in Japan, TMC launched the Coaster Hybrid EV gasoline-electric hybrid minibus in August and the Prius, the following December. Sales of the Prius began in North America, Europe and other markets in 2000. Toyota has expanded its hybrid lineup to include minivans, SUVs, rear-wheel-drive sedans and compact hatchbacks.