Toyota has hit an important new milestone for hybrid sales.
In April 2016, the Japanese automaker reached nine million hybrids sold globally and now the company has eclipsed the 10-million mark. To put that into perspective, Toyota has sold more hybrid vehicles worldwide than Ford has sold Mustangs since the sports car was introduced in the 1960s.
According to sales data, Ford has sold more than 9.5 million Mustangs as of the end of 2016, a number that was bested by Toyota’s hybrid sales, which started in 1997. It’s not an apples to apples comparison because the Mustang hasn’t been a global model throughout its life, but it has also been on the market more than 30 years longer than Toyota’s first hybrid.
Toyota estimates that as of January 31, the use of its hybrid vehicles has resulted in approximately 77 million fewer tons of CO2 emissions compared to conventional gasoline-powered vehicles of similar size and driving performance. It also estimates Toyota hybrids have saved approximately 7.66 million gallons of gasoline.
“The Prius stands as an icon for sustainability and efficiency, and is a shining example of what you can achieve when you have the right idea to help solve a problem,” said Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor North America. “Hybrids remain an important part of our lineup of vehicles, with over 246,000 units sold last year, and we have seen continued demand with the release of the RAV4 Hybrid variant of the popular compact SUV, accounting for nearly 13 percent of its total sales volume in 2016.”
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