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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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score: toyota, 3,000,000; GM, <300
By bjacobson on 3/9/2011 12:27:03 PM , Rating: 1
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By carniver on 3/9/2011 12:47:25 PM , Rating: 1
Apples to oranges. More than 10 years of sales vs less than 10 months.

RE: score: toyota, 3,000,000; GM, <300
By cruisin3style on 3/9/2011 3:29:59 PM , Rating: 2
My question is how many Volts are being produced vs. the 300 sales number.

And how well did the 1st generation Prius sell in the first few months of its release?

By Keeir on 3/9/2011 4:49:27 PM , Rating: 3
My question is how many Volts are being produced vs. the 300 sales number.

Only ~950 Volts have EVER been produced for sale to consumers. All ~950 have been sold or are in the hands of dealers attempting to price gouge.

Unless the plan has changed recently, the Volt will be in limited production until this summer. Even then, the Volt production rate will be ~60,000 a year (for the world). Thats only 5,000 a month.

This is actually fairly similar to the Prius, although slightly more agressive.

The First Prius (XW10) was released in late 1997 in Japan. From 1997 to mid-2000 it was only sold in Japan and produced at a rate of ~20,000 a year. They sold them all, but the First Generation Prius was a Financial Loss for Toyota.

In 2001, Toyota released the Second Generation Prius (XW11) which was sold essentially worldwide. It was produced at a peak of ~30,000 a year in 2003. Toyota claims the NW11, which was a slight adjustment of the NW10 was a financial success.

In 2003/2004, Toyota released the Third Generation Prius (XW20), which was a major change. This was the first Prius model that was actual produced in quantity (120,000+ a year) and of course was a market success as well.

I would point out as well that the XW11 recieved 2008 EPA ratings of 42/41, was significantly smaller car than the 2011 version, cost about the same in inflation adjusted dollars, and of course had significant amout of lower features.

By FITCamaro on 3/9/2011 4:10:27 PM , Rating: 2
You realize GM has been selling hybrid Saturns, Chevy's, and GMCs for several years now right?

You're only counting the Volt. Obviously their number isn't as high as Toyota's. But its not like they just released their first hybrid with the Volt.

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