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Toyota sees global sales of hybrid vehicles surpass the 4 million units

May 23, 2012-Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced that global cumulative sales of its hybrid vehicles have topped the 4 million units to 30 April1.

In Canada, the first hybrid, the Toyota Prius was launched in 2001 and began an exploration of future technologies, and has since evolved to be a family has to meet the needs of consumers. The Prius is the most sold each year since its launch hybrid model, with the exception of the years 2006 to 2008, when it was surpassed by the first generation Camry Hybrid. With the addition of the Prius v and Prius c earlier this year, the Prius family had accumulated a total of more than 26,000 sales in March 2012.

"At Toyota Canada, we now see that hybrid vehicles become mainstream, has said Tony Wearing, Senior Managing Director at Toyota Canada Inc. For example, in April - the first full month of sale of the Prius c, this model has sold 556 copies, more than 418 units sold of the original Prius during its first full year of marketing. It is a testimony to showing how Canadians are adopting more hybrids than ever before. "

With 10 models currently sold on the market, hybrid vehicles Toyota Canada occupy more than 80% of the Canadian market hybrid. The upcoming launch of the Lexus ES 300h in North America also demonstrated that TMC is engaged yet broaden its product range.

April 30, 2012, TMC believes that its hybrides2 vehicles have, since 1997, leads to a reduction of approximately 26 million tonnes3 of CO2 emissions - Emissions considered as a factor contributing to climate change and which would otherwise have been produced by vehicles of gasoline and has dimensions comparable driving performance. "This amount is equivalent to the amount of water that devale Niagara Falls in three hours and ten minutes," said Tony Wearing.

Having positioned hybrid technologies - including technology components necessary for the development of various ecological cars - as key technologies, TMC intends to continue its work to enhance performance, reduce costs and broaden its range of products, including at the level of ecological non-hybrid vehicles, to create vehicles that will win the favor of consumers.

1 Base on data from TMC

2 With the exception of models Coaster Hybrid EV, Dyna Hybrid, Toyoace Hybrid and Quick Delivery 200

3 Number of vehicles registered? distance? energy efficiency (actual efficiency in each country)? CO2 conversion factor

Source: Toyota Canada

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