Toyota is zipping past the nine million mark for worldwide hybrid sales.
The automaker is touting its big milestone, a feat that’s taken nearly twenty years. The first Toyota hybrid was the Coaster Hybrid EV back in August 1997. The Prius came close on its heels arriving December of that same year.
Toyota officially passed the nine million mark on April 30th. The exact number of hybrids sold is 9,014 million. The last million sold in the past nine months alone. Plug-in hybrids are also included in the count. Toyota says all those hybrid sales cut 67 million tons of CO2 emissions.
Toyota started selling the fourth-generation Prius only last year and it remains the automaker’s top-selling hybrid. It alone accounts for around four million of the sold vehicles. Its family rounds out the majority of the rest of the top-selling hybrids. The Aqua (not on sale in the U.S.) and Prius C sold about one million. The Prius a, Prius v, and Prius + round out the rest of the top sellers. They make up 634,000 of the delivered cars.
The big nine million milestone is part of the Environmental Challenge 2050 plan Toyota announced last year to grow its hybrid sales to 1.5 million yearly. The goal is to reduce the effect of automobiles in the environment to “as close to zero as possible.” The short-term goal is to sell 15 million hybrids by 2020.
If you’re ready to join the hybrid trend check out the 2016 Prius. It starts at $24,200. It gets an estimated 54 city and 50 highway mpg. It uses a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor for a total of 121-horsepower. The new design is two inches longer, a half-inch wider, and an inch lower. This makes it the cabin larger.
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