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Toyota Motor Corporation announces global cumulative sales of its hybrid vehicles have topped the 3-million mark, with more than 3.03 million units sold worldwide as of February 28, 2011.

In 1997 in Japan, Toyota launched the "Coaster Hybrid EV" in August and launched the "Prius"—the world's first mass-produced hybrid vehicle—in December.

Sales of the Prius began in North America, Europe and elsewhere in 2000. Next came the second-generation Prius in 2003 and the expanded use of Toyota's hybrid system on such vehicles as minivans, SUVs, rear-wheel-drive sedans and hatchbacks.

The third-generation Prius went on sale in May 2009, and the global cumulative sales of Toyota's hybrid vehicles topped 2 million by the end of August the same year.

This year, Toyota continued to expand its hybrid vehicle lineup, launching the Lexus CT 200h—the first dedicated hybrid model in the premium-compact segment—in January.

Toyota currently sells 16 hybrid vehicle models in approximately 80 countries and regions around the world, including three commercial vehicle models in Japan. The company plans to introduce 10 new-model hybrid vehicles by the end of 2012, including six newly launched vehicles and 4 vehicles that have been redesigned.

As of February 28, 2011, Toyota calculates that its hybrid vehicles2, since 1997, have led to approximately 18 million fewer tons of CO2 emissions—considered to be a cause of climate change—than would have been emitted by gasoline-powered vehicles of similar size and driving performance.

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) Hybrid Vehicle Sales*

Year

’97

’98

’99

’00

’01

’02

’03

’04

Japan

0.3

17.7

15.3

12.5

18.5

20.0

27.2

68.7

Overseas

6.5

18.5

21.4

26.1

66.0

Total

0.3

17.7

15.3

19.0

36.9

41.3

53.3

134.7

Cumulative total

18.0

33.2

52.3

89.2

130.5

183.8

318.5

 

Year

’05

’06

’07

’08

’09

’10

Jan.-Feb. ’11

Cumulative
Total

Japan

58.5

72.4

82.0

104.4

251.1

392.2

41.4

1,182.2

Overseas

176.4

240.1

347.5

325.3

278.9

298.0

51.8

1,856.5

Total

234.9

312.5

429.4

429.7

530.0

690.0

93.3

3,038.8

Cumu
lative total

553.5

866.0

1,295.4

1,725.1

2,255.1

2,945.4

3,038.8


 *Including Lexus brand; based on TMC data

Cumulative Sales*1 of Main TMC Hybrid Passenger Vehicles (Unit = 1,000 vehicles)

Vehicle name

Prius

Camry Hybrid

RX 400h/

RX 450h

Kluger Hybrid*2 (Highlander Hybrid)

Estima Hybrid

HS 250h

SAI

Alphard Hybrid*3

Japan

921.0

12.4

3.4

81.8

23.4

39.6

24.3

Overseas

1264.5

211.9

193.6

117.6

18.9

Total

2185.5

211.9

206.1

121.0

81.8

42.4

39.6

24.3

 

Vehicle name

LS 600h/ LS 600hL

GS 450h

Harrier Hybrid

Crown Hybrid

Auris Hybrid

Cro
wn

CT
200h Mild Hyb
rid*4

Cumulative

Passe
nger hybrid vehicles
Comm
ercial hybrid vehic
les*5
Japan

14.7

6.1

21.9

20.6

-

6.4

2.4

1,178.70

3.5

Overseas

9.5

17

- -

22.5

-

0.6

1,856.50

-
Total

24.2

23.2

21.9

20.6

22.5

6.4

3.1

3,035.20

3.5

1Including Lexus brand, based on TMC data, as of February 28, 2011; *2Kluger Hybrid (for Japanese market) production ceased 2007; *3Production ceased April 2008; *4Consisted of two models: Crown Royal production ceased December 2003, Crown Sedan production ceased April 2008; *5Accumulated figure for Coaster Hybrid EV (production ceased August 2004), Dyna Hybrid, Toyoace Hybrid and Quick Delivery 200

TMC Hybrid Vehicle Chronology

Year

Month

Milestone

1997

Mar.

Toyota Hybrid System (THS) unveiled

Aug.

Coaster Hybrid EV launched (Japan only)

Dec.

Prius launched

2000

Nov.

Cumulative Prius sales top 50,000 vehicles

2001

Jun.

Estima Hybrid launched (Japan only)

Aug.

Crown Mild Hybrid launched (Japan only)

2002

Mar.

Cumulative hybrid vehicle sales top 100,000 mark

Aug.

Cumulative Prius sales top 100,000 vehicles

2003

Apr.

Toyota Hybrid System II (THS II) unveiled

Jul.

Alphard Hybrid launched (Japan only)

Sep.

Second-generation Prius launched

Nov.

Dyna Hybrid and Toyoace Hybrid launched (Japan only)

2005

Mar.

Harrier Hybrid (RX 400h outside Japan) and Kluger Hybrid (Highlander Hybrid) launched

Oct.

Cumulative hybrid vehicle sales top 500,000 mark

Dec.

Prius production commenced at the Changchun Plant, China

2006

Mar.

GS 450h launched in Japan

Apr.

Cumulative Prius sales top 500,000 vehicles

May

Camry Hybrid launched (for sale outside Japan)

Jun.

Redesigned Estima Hybrid launched (Japan only)

Oct.

Camry Hybrid production commenced at the TMMK’s Kentucky Plant, U.S.; QuickDelivery 200 launched (Japan only)

2007

May

Cumulative hybrid vehicle sales top 1-million mark; LS 600h/LS 600hL launched

2008

Feb.

Crown Hybrid unveiled (launched in April; Japan only)

May

Cumulative Prius sales top 1 million vehicles

2009

Jan.

RX 450h unveiled (launched in April)

May

Third-generation Prius launched

Jul.

Camry Hybrid production commenced at the TMT’s Gateway Plant, Thailand; HS 250h launched

Aug.

Cumulative hybrid vehicle sales top 2-million mark

Oct.

Sai unveiled (launched in December, Japan only)

Dec.

Camry Hybrid production commenced at the TMCA's Altona Plant, Australia

2010

Apr.

Camry Hybrid production commenced at the GTMC's plant in China

Jun.

Auris Hybrid production commenced at the TMUK's Burnaston Plant, UK; Auris Hybrid launched (for sale outside Japan)

Jul.

Cumulative sales in Japan of TMC hybrids top 1 million units

Sep.

Cumulative Prius sales top 2 million vehicles

Nov.

Prius production commenced at the TMT’s Gateway Plant, Thailand

2011

Jan.

Annual Prius sales in Japan of new vehicles in 2010 were 315,669 vehicles, the largest amount of annual sales ever recorded; CT 200h unveiled

Feb.

Cumulative hybrid vehicle sales top 3-million mark

 

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