Yesterday, as Toyota Motor Corporation announced it will be launching more hybrids, it said it has crossed the six million unit global milestone in record time.
Its 6.072 million sales include cumulative deliveries of its brands including Toyota, Lexus and other regional nameplates through the end of December 2013.
Toyota added the latest million-unit milestone was achieved in the fastest time yet for Toyota, taking just nine months.
As of this month, Toyota sells 24 hybrid passenger car models and one plug-in hybrid model in approximately 80 countries and regions around the world.
Within the next two years, Toyota said it will launch a total of 15 new hybrid vehicles worldwide, including the new “Harrier Hybrid” in Japan on January 15 and the new “Highlander Hybrid” in the United States in the near future.
Toyota stated it will continue augmenting its product lineup even further and increasing the number of countries and regions where it sells hybrid vehicles.
Toyota calculates that as of Dec. 31, 2013, Toyota hybrid vehicles have resulted in approximately 41 million fewer tons of CO2 emissions—believed to be a cause of global warming—than would have been emitted by gasoline-powered vehicles of similar size and driving performance. Toyota also estimates that its hybrid vehicles have saved approximately 3,962,580,750 gallons (15 million kiloliters) of gasoline compared to the amount used by gasoline-powered vehicles of similar size.
Toyota launched its first hybrid, the “Coaster Hybrid EV,” in August 1997 in Japan. Toyota then launched the Prius, the world’s first mass-produced hybrid passenger vehicle, in December of the same year.
The company explained it has positioned hybrid technologies that enable the use of different fuel combinations, including the component technologies necessary for development of various environment-friendly cars, as core environmental technologies for the twenty-first century.
Toyota added it therefore plans to continue working to raise performance, reduce costs, and expand its product lineup—including that of non-hybrid environment-friendly vehicles—to create vehicles that are popular with consumers.