Toyota has sold over 10 million hybrids to date

Yolanda Curtis
February 15, 2017

With emissions increasingly becoming an issue, Toyota first introduced the Coaster Hybrid EV in August 1997 in the hybrid vehicle space.

To put that into perspective, Toyota has sold more hybrid vehicles worldwide than Ford has sold Mustangs since the sports auto was introduced in the 1960s.

Just after reaching 9 million units at the end of April 2016, sales from all around the world of Toyota hybrids units hit 10.05 million in January 17, 2017 - twenty years after the Prius made it world debut. The company followed it up with a new vehicle the same year which came to be known as the 'Prius Hybrid' - the world's first mass produced hybrid passenger vehicle.

The Japanese automaker is aiming at achieving cumulative sales of 15 million gasoline-electric hybrids by 2020.

Sales of hybrid vehicles is getting increasingly popular in the more recent years. Those who drove it were called geeks or other names.

Looking at all automakers, research firm JATO Dynamics estimates that global sales of alternative vehicles - such as hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and all-electric - will increase to 11 million by 2023, taking 14.2 percent of the overall market, up from around 4 percent today. "We are grateful to each and every one of our customers who have helped us achieve this important [global] milestone". In 2015, Toyota unveiled the fourth-gen Prius in the worldwide markets, based on Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform.

In addition to boasting 10 million hybrid sales, Toyota is estimating that because of the number of hybrids they've sold, there are 77 million fewer tons of Carbon dioxide emissions, and also there is 7.66 billion gallons of gasoline that have been saved as a result.

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