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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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i want one so bad...
By riottime on 3/9/2011 7:51:55 PM , Rating: 2
unfortunately, my non-hybrid toyota just won't die on me even after 16+ years. :(

i might donate it and go for a prius if gas prices keep going up. :(

RE: i want one so bad...
By sigmatau on 3/10/2011 12:28:41 AM , Rating: 2
I predict Prius markups are soon to come with gas approaching $4/gallon and many expect them to go higher.

Same thing happened when we had $5/gallon gas a few years back.

RE: i want one so bad...
By FITCamaro on 3/10/2011 8:59:10 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe you had $5/gallon gas. I never paid above $4.20/gallon for premium.

And I think prices will settle back down once investors get more confidence. If things in the Middle East will settle down along with the Republicans forcing the administration to stop the unlawful (as decided by a federal judge) moratorium on gulf drilling, then prices should stabilize. Probably not as "low" as before but probably back to the $3.00/gallon range.

RE: i want one so bad...
By topkill on 3/14/2011 7:13:52 AM , Rating: 2
We might as well drill and get as much oil as we can, but don't expect it to make a material difference in oil prices. We have well below 5% of all known oil reserves even if you include ANWAR and all the offshore drilling we can do...yet we consume over 20% of the world's oil.

The math just doesn't work. The 70's oil crisis was brought about because of a 2% drop in oil supply to the US. Do you really think drilling a few more wells is going to change reality?

Then there is the whole supply/demand thing. The US gets over 70% of our oil from foreign sources. They provide the VAST majority of world oil supply and set the price. What??? You think Exxon is going to drill oil and say "gee, the rest of the world will pay me $120 a barrel, but we're good guys and we drilled this in US waters so we'll sell it to Americans for $60 a barrel." ??? ROFLMFAO

Do you guys ever think about how the world really works?

Drill baby, drill! And all our problems will go away! And the Easter Bunny will bring you lots of treats to go with that cheap oil! ROFLMFAO!!!!!

RE: i want one so bad...
By Spuke on 3/10/2011 12:18:24 PM , Rating: 2
unfortunately, my non-hybrid toyota just won't die on me even after 16+ years. :(
Keep your car. It will cost you MORE money to buy a new one regardless of the fuel efficiency gain.

RE: i want one so bad...
By usbseawolf2000 on 3/10/2011 12:41:47 PM , Rating: 2
Buying any new car will not save money. People still do it for safety reasons and other new features.

The best choice maybe to buy a used Prius if he wants it so bad.

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