Toyota Canada has reached the milestone of having sold 100,000 hybrids in Canada since the introduction of the first Prius fifteen years ago.
Not surprisingly considering Toyota has created the niche, of all the hybrids sold in Canada since 2000, more than three quarters come from Toyota and Lexus.
“The fuel needed by Toyota hybrids is over 30 percent less than vehicles with conventional gas engines,” said Seiji Ichii, President and CEO of Toyota Canada Inc. “That means since 2000, Toyota and Lexus hybrids have avoided more than 600,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions while saving over 259 million liters of fuel. That’s the equivalent of filling 103 Olympic-size swimming pools.”
Currently, there are six Toyota and soon to be six Lexus hybrid models available in Canada. From Toyota, there’s the Prius, Prius v, Prius c, Prius Plug-in, Camry Hybrid and Highlander Hybrid. Lexus’ lineup of luxury hybrids includes the CT200h, ES300h, GS450h, LS600h, and RX450h, which is manufactured by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada in Cambridge, Ontario. Coming soon is the Lexus NX 200h.
Toyota Canada also said in 2014, the Toyota Prius, Prius c, Prius v and Highlander Hybrid all won awards from Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) as the most fuel-efficient vehicles in their respective categories. It marked the fourteenth consecutive year that at least one Prius model claimed an NRCAN award.