Toyota has announced that its global sales of its hybrid vehicles have just passed the 10 million mark. The Japanese car manufacturer's global hybrid vehicle sales have it 10.05 million units.
Toyota hybrid vehicle sales pass 10 million mark. As of January 31, 2017, the company's cumulative sales of its hybrid cars have reached . This technically shows the potential of a technology that is one of the mainstream solutions to excess CO2 emissions worldwide.
The car manufacturer released its first hybrid vehicle 20 years ago. The Coaster Hybrid EV was launched in August 1997 with the mass-produced Prius Hybrid getting released in December of the same year. The Camry Hybrid followed in August of 2013 and proved to be much more successful than its combustion engine counterpart.
Ever since the launch of the hybrid vehicle, the popularity eco-friendly and fuel efficient cars have gradually increased. The popularity growth of hybrid vehicles in the industry gave birth to a new customer standard that of which is choosing vehicles based on their impact to the environment. This stand in return led to a standard amongst other manufacturers of releasing their own hybrid vehicles both for the purposes of competition and being environmentally friendly.
The chairman of the board of directors at Toyota, Takeshi Uchiyamada, was as saying, "When we launched Prius, no one even knew what a hybrid was... hybrids have grown in popularity, and have ridden a wave of success out of the unknown and into the mainstream." He further added the company is very much grateful to every one of their customers who assisted in reaching this important milestone. Uchiyamada stated the company is very much committed to cooperating with customers to tackle environmental issues worldwide.
Takeshi is popularly known as the 'Father of the Prius'. He is one of the many who worked on popularizing the vehicle which is considered to be the world's best-selling hybrid vehicle.