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.
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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