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Toyota hybrid sales top five million mark

It’s official: Toyota hybrid cars have now sold more than five million models. According to official figures ending on March 31, 2013, Toyota hybrids have reached 5.125million in global sales: with around two million of these coming in the USA.

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Indeed sales of hybrids are becoming increasingly important for the Japanese carmaker’s overall sales. They accounted for 14 per cent of global vehicle sales last year and 40 per cent in Japan. As such, Toyota has been rapidly increasing the number of models it offers: it now sells 19 hybrid passenger cars as well as one plug-in hybrid model across around 80 countries. It is not stopping there either: it has plans to introduce an additional 18 hybrid cars before the end of 2015 and believes global sales will top one million a year around the same period.

According to Toyota, the vehicles are having a significant environmental impact too.

The company estimates that Toyota hybrid cars have helped ensure that 34million fewer tons of CO2 emissions have been emitted compared to had those drivers been behind the wheel of similar size petrol cars with roughly the same driving performance. It is also estimated that this has equated to around 12million kilo-litres of petrol being saved.

Toyota has had hybrid cars on the market since August 1997 when it launched the Toyota Coaster Hybrid EV. The flagship Toyota Prius model (pictured) followed later in the same year.

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Paul Lucas

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