Toyota has reported that sales of the company’s hybrid vehicles have passed the 15 million mark.
In Australia, 134,200 Toyota-branded hybrids have been sold, with 34,200 of them made in the past 11 months.
Local hybrid sales have tripled over the past two calendar years from fewer than 8,500 cars in 2017 to more than 27,800 last year.
In the first three months of this year, Toyota Australia’s hybrid deliveries reached 11,756 cars or 23.5 per cent of the brand’s local sales, both of which are records.
Toyota Australia also recently announced it expects to receive additional supplies of its popular RAV4 Hybrid SUV during the second half of 2020.
RAV4 is Toyota’s top-selling Australian hybrid so far this year, displacing Corolla which led hybrid sales in 2019. Camry remains the best-selling hybrid in this country with a cumulative total of 63,700 sales.
The growth in hybrid sales is set to be strengthened this year with the introduction of the all-new Yaris hatch and – as announced last week – the Yaris Cross SUV. Both will be available with Toyota’s latest, fourth-generation hybrid electric system.
“Toyota has more than two decades of electrification experience and its core hybrid technologies – electric motors, batteries and power-control units – are transferable to all forms of electrified powertrains,” said Sean Hanley, Toyota Australia’s Vice President Sales and Marketing.
“This expertise will ensure Toyota continues to lead the development of various types of electrified vehicles, reducing emissions based on market regulations, infrastructure and customer demand.
“It will be a future in which different electrified technologies all play a part, including hybrid electric, plug-in hybrid electric, fuel-cell electric and battery-electric vehicles.”