Tokyo, Japan – Toyota has announced that global cumulative sales of its hybrid vehicles have topped the two million mark, with more than 2.01 million units sold worldwide as of August 31, 2009.
Toyota’s hybrid sales began in Japan in 1997, when it launched the Coaster Hybrid EV in August of that year, and followed it in December with the Prius, the world’s first mass-produced hybrid vehicle.
The Prius was launched in North America, Europe and other markets in 2000, followed by the second-generation Prius in 2003. In various markets, the hybrid system was expanded to such vehicles as minivans, SUVs and rear-wheel drive sedans. On May 31, 2007, global cumulative sales topped one million.
This year, Toyota continues to expand its hybrid vehicle lineup, launching the Lexus RX450h in April, the third-generation Prius in May, and the Lexus HS250h, the first dedicated Lexus hybrid model, in July. Toyota currently sells 13 hybrid vehicles in approximately 50 countries and regions around the world, including three commercial vehicle models in Japan.
The company said that it aims to sell one million hybrid vehicles each year as early as possible in the 2010s, and will introduce hybrid models in all vehicle series in its lineup as early as possible in the 2020s.