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The Prius V will arrive in the U.S. this summer.

A production version of the Prius C will arrive next year.
Hybrids will be in more countries with new models by 2012

Toyota is generally the name that most consumers think of when talking hybrid cars. The company’s Prius is the most popular hybrid vehicle in the world. Toyota also provides its hybrid technology to other carmakers as well (Nissan Altima Hybrid).

Toyota has announced that is sales of hybrid vehicles have hit a new landmark -- it has now sold 3 million hybrid cars globally. The 3 million mark was hit on February 28, 2011. Toyota put its first hybrid, the Coaster Hybrid EV, on the Japanese market in 1997; it was closely followed by the launch of the first generation Prius. The Prius then made its way to North America and Europe in 2000.

Counting the Lexus brand, Toyota currently has 16 hybrid vehicles that are available in roughly 80 different countries and regions around the globe (three of those hybrids are commercial vehicles offered in Japan). Toyota also notes that ten new hybrid vehicles are due by the end of 2012 with six being new launches and four being new designs of existing vehicles. Toyota will also be offering the hybrids in new countries and regions as well.

Toyota says that its calculations show that the hybrid fleet it sells has kept 18 million tons of CO2 from being put into the atmosphere compared to the same number of traditional vehicles on the road. Toyota cites the 3 millions sales mark as evidence that the hybrid is going mainstream.

Toyota announced in August of 2009 that is had sold a million hybrid vehicles in Japan alone. 

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By Pirks on 3/9/2011 12:23:44 PM , Rating: 2
Man this sweetest dream of mine will never come true :( So sad

By Philippine Mango on 3/10/2011 4:55:37 AM , Rating: 2
They COULD make the Yaris get 60mpg, the reason why they haven't done so is because few people want a 5-speed manual car that does 0-60 in 10-11 seconds.. No need for hybrid to get those fuel economy numbers and considering the size of the Yaris, making it a hybrid would make an already small car too small. The Yaris doesn't get 50mpg+ because of its transmission gearing which I'd consider to be "short", or "rev happy". This gives the car "pep" at the cost of fuel economy. If they paired the USDM Yaris with a dual VVTI engine that is designed with fuel economy in mind (not necessarily atkinson cycle) with a "tall" geared transmission, you'd be seeing 50mpg+ easily with the Yaris, maybe more. Ignorance on Toyota's part, the market has been so pampered with automatic transmissions and "fast 0-60 times", that they can't bear to consider anything but it, or maybe a little of both. Either way, they can do it, TODAY, question is would enough people buy it?

By FITCamaro on 3/10/2011 7:33:49 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah I don't really know why anyone would buy a Yaris or Fit over a Corolla or Civic. There is not really any gas mileage difference between the two and the Corolla and Civic give you more room without being much more expensive.

By Pirks on 3/10/2011 10:30:14 AM , Rating: 1
Yeah I don't really know why anyone would buy a Corolla or Civic over a Yaris or Fit, when there is gas mileage difference between the two and the Corolla and Civic are more expensive without giving you much more room.

By Pirks on 3/10/2011 10:21:25 AM , Rating: 1
few people want a 5-speed manual car
That's an old urban legend about manual tranny being "more efficient" than automatic one. Case in point: Ford Fiesta DCT automatic tranny is MORE EFFICIENT fuel economy wise than the manual one.

0-60 in 10 seconds is also an urban legend, saying that people MUST BE foot heavy. The amount of drivers who _really_ want and need uberfast speed monsters is infinitely small, for most city and highway driving 0-60 in 10 is more than enough.

I say automakers are just too dumb to realize that those small cars with super efficient DCT _automatic_ trannies (MORE EFFICIENT than manual ones, see Ford Fiesta example again please), stellar fuel economy of 50+ mpg and 0-60 in 10 would be in great demand, if they are as cheap as Yaris. Only a few people with bigger pockets would waste their money on gas guzzlers like Mustang or Camaro, to zip between red traffic lights a FULL SECOND faster than all the other drivers, woohoo! I say let auto industry feed these idiots with a few expensive fuel inefficient models, but please make fuel efficient DCT equipped 50+ mpg Yaris-alikes for the smarter rest of us. What's the problem with that?

By Spuke on 3/10/2011 12:12:40 PM , Rating: 2
0-60 in 10 seconds is also an urban legend, saying that people MUST BE foot heavy. The amount of drivers who _really_ want and need uberfast speed monsters is infinitely small, for most city and highway driving 0-60 in 10 is more than enough.
So anyone that drives a car with a 0-60 of faster than 10 seconds is a speed monster?

1. 0-60 is meaningless, no one cares, not even in the US.
2. Americans (I assume that's whom we're discussing) want a decently accelerating car. There's no hard fast number it's just a feeling. Given the lack of painfully slow cars on the US market, one could make a correlation to 0-60 times to see what rate of acceleration is acceptable here BUT the number is meaningless and if you ask someone normal (ie not us nerds), they'll tell you so.
3. Americans like room, we have wide open freeways, larger homes (cause they're cheap...can anyone in the EU get a 3000 sq ft house on an acre for $150,000 USD....didn't think so), wide open cities (NYC and the northeast is an exception but they're old so they're forgiven), we have larger families, 50% of the population lives outside urban centers so it makes sense that we pick larger vehicles. Also our cars are multi-purpose, we don't believe in paying a ton of money for something that only does one thing.
4. If you haven't been where I've been, how can you know where I'm coming from? Ya dig?
5. Until you understand number 4, your comments will be considered ignorant at best and based on your average comment rating, others obviously agree.

By cruisin3style on 3/10/2011 6:29:14 PM , Rating: 3


Old urban legend?? How about: until very recently, and only when utilizing new/refined technology, has it not been 100% true that a manual gearbox gets better fuel economy than an automatic with everything else being equal.

Please just...never post anything about cars again

By dnd728 on 3/10/2011 4:47:30 PM , Rating: 2
From Wikipedia:

The third generation Vitz was launched on December 22, 2010 in Yokohama, Japan. It will be launched in Europe and other countries by the end of 2011. Aerodynamic drag has been reduced with a coefficient drag value of 0.285.
This generation introduces a new 1.3 L engine which is more economical than the 1.0 L engine, according to Toyota Japan. New features also include automatic start-stop with this engine: claiming a 26.5 km/L (3.8L/100km or 62.3mpg) for the Japanese streets.

The Yaris HSD Concept was introduced at the March 2011 Geneva Motor Show featuring a hybrid powertrain. The Yaris Hybrid is expected to go on sale in Europe in 2012

Vitz=Yaris, I guess gear is CVT and mileage is probably by European/Japanese standards but US gallon, so real mileage would be a little lower for the non-hybrid.

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