Toyota announced that it has surpassed the 9,000,000 sales mark for its hybrid models worldwide as of the end of April 2016 with a grand total of 9,014,000 hybrids sold.
Since the release of the Coaster Hybrid in August 1997 and the world premiere of the Prius in December of that year, Toyota has gained a great deal of customer support for its hybrids. At the end of July, 2015, its total hybrid sales surpassed 8,000,000 and now, nearly 9 months later, it has hit the 9,000,000 mark.
There are good reasons why sales have shot up in this last year. First, Toyota added a hybrid model for the Sienta in July 2015. It released the 4th generation Prius in later on in December. Overseas, it added an RAV4 hybrid in November and in China it introduced the Corolla Hybrid and Levin Hybrid in October with hybrid units made in China. By the end of April, 2016, Toyota was selling 33 hybrid passenger car models and 1 plug-in in over 90 countries and regions. Toyota plans to expand its hybrid lineup and by 2020 it plans to be selling 1,500,000 per year. It hopes to reach a total of 15,000,000 hybrid sales by then with the aim of creating a more environmentally-friendly world.
Toyota has calculated that its hybrids have cut CO2 emissions by about 67000000 tons compared to gasoline models in the same class and saved about 25000000 kL in gasoline consumption by the end of April, 2016.
(Translated by Greg Scott)