Toyota global hybrid tally now tops 6 million
Already comfortably in the lead when it comes to selling hybrid and plug-in vehicles of all types in all markets, Toyota has just announced that the total number of its more environmentally friendly Toyota and Lexus models sold has recently exceeded 6 million units. The automaker says it took only nine months to move from the previous 5-million benchmark to the new 6,072,000 record figure that was chalked up as of December 31.
While currently readying its first fuel-cell model -- the Toyota FCV sedan -- for launch in 2015, the company has no intention of abandoning plans to continue leveraging its leadership position in this more conventional and better-established portion of the market. In addition to the current roster of 24 conventional hybrid passenger vehicles and one plug-in model in showrooms around the world, Toyota has confirmed that it will be introducing 15 new hybrid models to the global mix within the next two years, including the new-gen Highlander Hybrid due to launch here later in 2014.
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Since the arrival of the groundbreaking Prius and Coaster Hybrid EV in 1997, Toyota estimates that its hybrid fleet has saved nearly 4 billion gallons of gasoline compared to fuel used by like-size conventional models. They also have helped trim CO2 emissions by some 41 million tons.
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