July 6, 2006

Toyota reports strong hybrid sales

2006 Toyota Prius
2006 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
2006 Lexus RX400hTop to bottom: Toyota Prius, Toyota Highlander Hybrid and Lexus RX400h. Click images to enlarge

Toronto, Ontario – Toyota Canada has announced that sales of its Toyota and Lexus gasoline/electric hybrid vehicles continue to increase. The company sells the Prius, as well as hybrid versions of the Toyota Camry and Highlander, and Lexus GS 450h and RX 400h.

Toyota sold the 5,000th unit of the second-generation Prius in June 2006, bringing its cumulative sales to 6,146 in Canada; the company says it continues to be the best-selling hybrid vehicle in Canada and also worldwide. The Camry Hybrid sold 273 units in June 2006, its second month of availability, accounting for roughly 10 per cent of all Camry sales, while the Highlander Hybrid sold 63 units, compared to 150 conventionally-powered versions.

For Lexus vehicles, the GS 450h sold 25 units compared to 44 conventional GS 300/GS 430 models in June, while the Lexus RX 400h sold 77 units to 302 conventionally-powered RX 350 models. Toyota has sold hybrid vehicles since 2000, and has announced that it will produce the LS 600hL, an all-wheel drive, long-wheelbase hybrid version of the upcoming redesigned LS luxury sedan next year. Worldwide, Toyota has sold more than 500,000 hybrid vehicles.

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