Toyota celebrates 15 million hybrid sales globally

Toyota is celebrating the success of its hybrid technology after the Japanese car maker produced it’s 15 millionth hybrid vehicle recently.

The global market leader in hybrid electric vehicles, Toyota was one of the first global manufacturers to commercially adopt hybrids when they rolled out the Prius model in 1997.

Slow to take off, Toyota’s hybrid range has gone from strength to strength in recent times, with nearly one quarter of all Toyota’s global sales now coming form hybrids models such as the Camry, Corolla, Prius and RAV4.

With such a rise in the efficient technology, Toyota estimates that the 15 million hybrids now on the roads have saved more than 120 million tonnes of CO₂.

The hybrid craze has certainly made its way to Australia in recent years, with 134,000 hybrid sales including 27,800 last year alone, while in the first three months of 2020, Toyota has already sold 11,756 hybrids, on track for another record.

Popularity of hybrids has hit peak hysteria in the last 12 months, with wait times for the new RAV4 hybrid still sitting at 10 months as Toyota looks to secure more supply to deal with ever increasing demand.

The hybrid technology has been considered ideal for the Australian landscape, with the increased efficiency allowing vehicles to travel up to almost 1000km on a single tank of petrol, suitable for long drives more common in Australia.

With Toyota looking to build on the momentum being created by the release of the Camry, Corolla and RAV4 hybrids, the company has confirmed that they will be releasing the Yaris hatch and Yaris cross city SUV hybrid models in Australia later this year. There have been additional rumours about potential LandCruiser and HiLux hybrid model versions sometime in the next few years.

CarAdvice | Toyota passes 15 million hybrid sales globally, Australia eclipses 134,000

29 April 2020

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