Toyota sold 5-million hybrids in 3 years, half of units sold in 2 decades

Updated May 04, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates
Toyota continues to dominate in the hybrid race.

When Toyota started manufacturing Hybrid cars in 1997, Takeshi Uchiyamada, Chairman of the Board of Directors at Toyota, knew it wasn’t easy to start a new trend in the industry.

"When we launched the Prius, no one even knew what a hybrid was,” said Takeshi Uchiyamada. Yet here they are, reaching a milestone of selling 15 million hybrid sales globally after 23 years.

A RAV4 on an off-road

2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid with Ice Edge Roof

It took 16 years since launching the first-generation Prius before the Toyota hybrid cars reach 5 million sales, then made 10 million sales in 2017.

Judging from the growth of Toyota hybrid cars, it seems like these cars are now the future considering the 15 million Toyota hybrid cars saved more than 120 million tons of CO2 compared with the equivalent gasoline cars.

In Australia, it has sold more than 134,200 Toyota hybrid cars, after passing the 100,000 mark 11 months ago.

“In the first three months of this year, Toyota Australia's hybrid (sales) reached 11,756 cars or 23.5 percent of the brand’s local sales, both of which are records,” said Toyota Australia.

A Camry parked in a space

2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid SE Nightshade Edition

The Toyota RAV4 is the top-selling hybrid car in Australia. In fact, most people are waiting between three and six months just to get their hands on the car. While in the U.S., the Toyota Camry Hybrid sits on the number one throne with 26,043 sales in 2019. Now, there are reports out of the U.S. and Japan that claim the next-generation Toyota Land Cruiser will also eventually be available with hybrid power in the next two years.

Thanks to Takeshi Uchiyamada’s ambitious vision, the Japanese is automaker is leading the Hybrid race in the industry with an early start. Toyota is planning to launch 40 new EVs in its lineup for the next five years, including at least 10 zero-emission vehicles.

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