Toyota Hybrid Sales Top 4 Million
Back in 1997, TMC sold the Coaster Hybrid EV in August, followed by the first generation of the Prius in December. Elsewhere in the world, the first mass market hybrid vehicle was introduced in 2000, three years later. Three years after that, in 2003, the second generation of the Prius arrived, and Toyota started expanding hybrid technology to the minivans, SUVs, rear-wheel-drive sedans and compact hatchbacks it sold.
The 19 hybrid cars that Toyota Motors sells accounted for 15% of total global figures last year. Soon, two more will join the lineup, namely the Yaris Hybrid, Europe’s version of the Prius C, and the Lexus ES 300h.
As of the second half of 2013, hybrids will be built in America as well, at the Indiana Plant.