Toyota Hybrids Gaining Popularity in Europe

Toyota and Lexus hybrid models are gaining popularity in Europe, where diesel engines are typically more popular.

Annual sales of the Japanese automaker’s hybrid models broke 100,000 in Europe for the first time last year, with a 29 percent increase in demand compared to 2011. In total 83,699 hybrids from Toyota’s brand were sold last year in Europe, while Lexus moved 25,779 units for a grand total of 109,478.

Surprisingly, hybrids accounted for 90 percent of Lexus vehicle sales in western Europe last year. In comparison, Toyota and Lexus sold over 325,000 hybrids last year in America.

[Source: Automotive News]

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