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The Japanese automaker, which is the pioneer of hybrid technology, has recently hit a sales milestone and it does not want to stop here.

There is no other manufacturer in the automotive industry that has made such huge efforts to promote the hybrid technology than Toyota. The Japanese automaker has been a pioneer in this direction, launching the first mass-market hybrid in late 1997, namely Prius, the iconic model of the green movement. Buyers have welcomed Toyota’s push and the sales numbers stand as a proof, with global sales of its hybrid vehicles hitting the 9-million-unit mark as of April 30. More precisely, 9.014 million environmentally friendly Toyota cars are buzzing around the world, with the latest million achieved in just nine months. The automaker does not plan to stop here and aims to contribute further to a cleaner environment by targeting to sell 1.5 million units per year, for the cumulative deliveries to top 15 million by 2020.

According to Toyota’s calculations, deploying its hybrids help on cutting approximately 67 million of CO2 emissions and have saved around 25 million kiloliters of gasoline compared to the amount used by other gasoline-powered vehicles in the same class.

Its hybrid line-up is quite impressive, as Toyota is selling 33 such models and one plug-in hybrid model in more than 90 countries and regions. Last year, it added a hybrid version of Sienta minivan and began selling the latest generation of the Prius. The company also have brought a RAV4 SUV hybrid and it launched the Corolla and Levin hybrids in China, with locally-produced powertrains.