Toyota Motor Corp, Japan’s largest carmaker said that cumulative sales of its hybrid vehicles have topped the 4 million mark as of April 301.
In 1997 in Japan, TMC launched the “Coaster Hybrid EV” in August and launched the “Prius”—the world’s first mass-produced hybrid vehicle—in December. Sales of the Prius began in North America, Europe and elsewhere in 2000.
Next came the second-generation Prius in 2003 and the expanded use of TMC’s hybrid system to such vehicles as minivans, SUVs and rear-wheel-drive sedans. On May 31, 2007, the global cumulative sales of TMC’s hybrid vehicles topped 1 million.
The Japanese giant now sells 19 different hybrid vehicles in almost 89 countries and regions around the world. This year, hybrid vehicles have accounted for 15 percent of TMC’s global vehicle sales.
Toyota in Japan calculates that its worldwide sales of hybrid vehicles since 1997 have contributed greatly to the reduction of CO2 emissions which are considered to be a cause of global warning.
It says those vehicles have generated approximately 26 million fewer tons* of CO2 than would have been produced by petrol-powered vehicles of similar size and driving performance.