After Volkswagen snagged Toyota’s crown as the world’s best-selling automaker, there’s no stopping the Japanese manufacturer from dominating the hybrid arena. As of January 31st , Toyota’s increasing global unit sales has already reached the 10 million mark. That's right folks: Toyota managed to sell 10 million hybrid cars around the world!
The historic numbers began in December 1997 after Toyota launched the Prius, the world’s first hybrid mass produced passenger car. Now after twenty years and also on its 4th generation entry, the new Prius happens to be the first to be using the brand’s TNGA (or the Toyota New Global Architecture).
Needless to say, the new global vehicle platform has been very significant to Toyota’s latest achievement. Towards the end of April in 2016, the company has sold over 9 million hybrids before eventually reaching the 10 million milestone in less than a year.
Toyota is currently available in over 90 different countries worldwide, with 34 different hybrid models including its sub-models and variants. The Prius is of course the company’s top selling hybrid vehicle to date.
In a press release, Takeshi Uchiyamada, Toyota’s Chairman of the Board recalls the first time they launched the hybrid vehicle, and said people had no idea what hybrid means back then. In fact, the first people who drove Toyota’s hybrid were even labeled as “geeks” by the mainstream.
Uchiyamada expressed his gratitude to the first Prius owners because if not for them, the Prius would not be known like it is today. Also, the “Father of Prius” expressed his heartfelt gratitude to all the new customers that helped them reach the 10 million hybrid sales.
At the same time, he recognized the importance of “global environmental issues” saying the company is continuing to work together in order to fulfill their commitment. For the first time in 2015, the Japanese car brand has publicized its “Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050”. It is basically an effort toward reducing the car’s harmful effects to the environment.
It comes as no surprise why until today, Toyota continues to strive in further increasing their environment-friendly vehicle lineups. Toyota believes this can be achieved by coming up with series of fuel combinations through hydrogen cells and batteries.
As of January 31st, Toyota estimated it has saved at least 29 million kiloliters of fuel and about 77 million lesser tons of CO2 emissions. With these results, it seems that more people are now seeing the advantage of hybrids as compared with conventional gasoline powered cars. Well done Toyota!