Toyota/Lexus Hybrids Are Getting More Popular, 3-Million Units Sold Globally So Far

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Toyota/Lexus Hybrids Are Getting More Popular, 3-Million Units Sold Globally So Far

The population of hybrids is on the rise globally, and Toyota/Lexus seems to be leading the pack. While it might not be the only company that manufactures and sells hybrids, their models are by far the most popular.

According to Toyota/Lexus, they have sold just over 3.03-million hybrid vehicles as of February 28, 2011. Since nearly all Toyota and Lexus vehicles have a hybrid version, it’s not hard to see why, although the Prius is the stand-alone segment leader.

Now it seems that the number of hybrids will grow even further, with the introduction of a new version of the Prius coming later this year, along with the new Lexus CT200h.

So have you caught the hybrid bug yet? Let us know in the comments below.

Press release after the jump:

Worldwide Sales of TMC Hybrids Top 3 Million Units

In the face of rising fuel prices, with the launch of the all-new 2011 Lexus CT 200h and the impending introduction of the Toyota Prius family of vehicles, interest in Toyota and Lexus hybrid vehicles is on the rise, just as Toyota surpasses an important global sales milestone.

Today, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced global cumulative sales of its hybrid vehicles have topped the 3-million mark, with more than 3.03 million units1 sold worldwide as of February 28, 2011.

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 on such vehicles as minivans, SUVs, rear-wheel-drive sedans and hatchbacks.  The third-generation Prius went on sale in May 2009, and the global cumulative sales of TMC’s hybrid vehicles topped 2 million by the end of August the same year (42,289 of those sold in Canada).

This year, TMC continued to expand its hybrid vehicle lineup, launching the Lexus “CT 200h”—the first dedicated hybrid model in the premium-compact segment—in January.  TMC currently sells 16 hybrid vehicle models in approximately 80 countries and regions around the world, including three commercial vehicle models in Japan.  TMC plans to introduce 10 new-model hybrid vehicles by the end of 2012, including six newly launched vehicles and 4 vehicles that have been redesigned.  TMC is committed to augmenting this lineup even further and increasing the number of countries and regions in which it sells hybrid vehicles.

As of February 28, 2011, TMC calculates that TMC hybrid vehicles2, since 1997, have led to approximately 18 million fewer tons3 of CO2 emissions—considered to be a cause of climate change—than would have been emitted by gasoline-powered vehicles of similar size and driving performance.

Positioning response to environmental issues as a management priority and based on its belief that environment-considerate vehicles contribute only through their widespread use, TMC has endeavored to achieve the widespread use of hybrid vehicles.  With global cumulative sales of its hybrid vehicles passing the 3-million mark, TMC believes that such vehicles are starting to enter the mainstream.

TMC intends to continue to dedicate itself—in all directions—to developing and popularizing other environment-considerate cars in addition to gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles.  Having positioned hybrid technologies—consisting of the component technologies necessary for development of various environment-considerate cars—as key technologies, TMC plans to continue working to further raise performance, reduce costs, and expand its product lineup to create vehicles that are popular with consumers.

TMC Hybrid Vehicle Sales*
(Unit = 1,000 vehicles)
Year
’97
’98
’99
’00
’01
’02
’03
’04
Japan
0.3
17.7
15.3
12.5
18.5
20.0
27.2
68.7
Overseas
6.5
18.5
21.4
26.1
66.0
Total
0.3
17.7
15.3
19.0
36.9
41.3
53.3
134.7
Cumulative total
18.0
33.2
52.3
89.2
130.5
183.8
318.5
Year
’05
’06
’07
’08
’09
’10
Jan.-Feb. ’11
Cumulative Total
Japan
58.5
72.4
82.0
104.4
251.1
392.2
41.4
1,182.2
Overseas
176.4
240.1
347.5
325.3
278.9
298.0
51.8
1,856.5
Total
234.9
312.5
429.4
429.7
530.0
690.0
93.3
3,038.8
Cumulative total
553.5
866.0
1,295.4
1,725.1
2,255.1
2,945.4
3,038.8
*Including Lexus brand; based on TMC data

Cumulative Sales*1 of Main TMC Hybrid Passenger Vehicles
(Unit = 1,000 vehicles)
Vehicle name
Prius
Camry Hybrid
RX 400h/ RX 450h
Kluger Hybrid*2 (Highlander Hybrid)
Estima Hybrid
HS 250h
SAI
Alphard Hybrid*3
Japan
921.0
12.4
3.4
81.8
23.4
39.6
24.3
Overseas
1264.5
211.9
193.6
117.6
18.9
Total
2185.5
211.9
206.1
121.0
81.8
42.4
39.6
24.3
Vehicle name
LS 600h/ LS 600hL
GS 450h
Harrier Hybrid
Crown Hybrid
Auris Hybrid
Crown Mild Hybrid*4
CT 200h
Cumulative
Passenger hybrid vehicles
Commercial hybrid vehicles*5
Japan
14.7
6.1
21.9
20.6
6.4
2.4
1,178.7
3.5
Overseas
9.5
17.0
22.5
0.6
1,856.5
Total
24.2
23.2
21.9
20.6
22.5
6.4
3.1
3,035.2
3.5
*1Including Lexus brand, based on TMC data, as of February 28, 2011; *2Kluger Hybrid (for Japanese market) production ceased 2007; *3Production ceased April 2008; *4Consisted of two models: Crown Royal production ceased December 2003, Crown Sedan production ceased April 2008; *5Accumulated figure for Coaster Hybrid EV (production ceased August 2004), Dyna Hybrid, Toyoace Hybrid and Quick Delivery 200
TMC Hybrid Vehicle Chronology
Year Month
Milestone
1997 Mar. Toyota Hybrid System (THS) unveiled
Aug. Coaster Hybrid EV launched (Japan only)
Dec. Prius launched
2000 Jul. Prius launched in Canada
Nov. Cumulative Prius sales top 50,000 vehicles
2001 Jun. Estima Hybrid launched (Japan only)
Aug. Crown Mild Hybrid launched (Japan only)
2002 Mar. Cumulative hybrid vehicle sales top 100,000 mark
Aug. Cumulative Prius sales top 100,000 vehicles
2003 Apr. Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II) unveiled
Jul. Alphard Hybrid launched (Japan only)
Sep. Second-generation Prius launched
Nov. Dyna Hybrid and Toyoace Hybrid launched (Japan only)
2005 Mar. Harrier Hybrid (RX 400h outside Japan) and Kluger Hybrid (Highlander Hybrid) launched
Oct. Cumulative hybrid vehicle sales top 500,000 mark
Dec. Prius production commenced at the Changchun Plant, China
2006 Mar. GS 450h launched in Japan
Apr. Cumulative Prius sales top 500,000 vehicles
May Camry Hybrid launched (for sale outside Japan)
Jun. Redesigned Estima Hybrid launched (Japan only)
Oct. Camry Hybrid production commenced at the TMMK’s Kentucky Plant, U.S.; Quick Delivery 200 launched (Japan only)
2007 May Cumulative hybrid vehicle sales top 1-million mark; LS 600h/LS 600hL launched; more than 10,000 in Canada alone
2008 Feb. Crown Hybrid unveiled (launched in April; Japan only)
May Cumulative Prius sales top 1 million vehicles
2009 Jan. RX 450h unveiled (launched in April)
May Third-generation Prius launched
Jul. Camry Hybrid production commenced at the TMT’s Gateway Plant, Thailand; HS 250h launched
Aug. Cumulative hybrid vehicle sales top 2-million mark; 42,289 hybrid vehicle sales in Canada alone
Oct. Sai unveiled (launched in December, Japan only)
Dec. Camry Hybrid production commenced at the TMCA’s Altona Plant, Australia
2010 Apr. Camry Hybrid production commenced at the GTMC’s plant in China
Jun. Auris Hybrid production commenced at the TMUK’s Burnaston Plant, UK; Auris Hybrid launched (for sale outside Japan)
Jul. Cumulative sales in Japan of TMC hybrids top 1 million units
Sep. Cumulative Prius sales top 2 million vehicles
Nov. Prius production commenced at the TMT’s Gateway Plant, Thailand
2011 Jan. Annual Prius sales in Japan of new vehicles in 2010 were 315,669 vehicles, the largest amount of annual sales ever recorded; CT 200h unveiled
Feb. Cumulative hybrid vehicle sales top 3-million mark; 52,995 hybrid vehicle sales in Canada alone

  • james braselton

    hi there yeah 3 million hybrides thats 3,000,000 hybrides were reversing global warming here comes our man made ice age