The old children’s rhyme Ten Little Indians started with the line “one little, two little, three little Indians.” Toyota, with its rapid growth in global hybrid sales over the last few years, can now, as of the end of 2013, rightly do its own rhyme entitled Six Million Hybrids that would begin with something like “3 million, 4 million, 6 million hybrids sold.”
That’s right, six million hybrids sold around the world since August of 1997, of which 1 million were sold in just the last nine months. This is according to figures provided by the Japanese automaker which show, that as of December 31, 2013, roughly 6.072 million vehicles, including plug-in hybrids, have exited Toyota dealerships in approximately 80 countries and regions around the world.
Of the 24 hybrid and one plug-in hybrid models Toyota and Lexus (its luxury brand) currently promote, the primary Prius hatchback continues to dominate cumulative sales, which makes sense when you consider it is one of the oldest hybrids on the market today. It is followed by the more sporty Prius c and then the Camry Hybrid.
Not surprisingly, Toyota hybrid sales continue to be strongest on its home turf, followed by North America and then Europe. What is strongest amongst the sales data points provided however, is that year over year the numbers continue to go up dramatically, showing there is plenty of interest amongst consumers around this entry level form of green automotive transportation.
It is believed by Toyota that its hybrids now have resulted in approximately 41 million fewer tons of CO2 emissions than would have been emitted by gasoline-powered vehicles of similar size and driving performance. It was also estimated all of these hybrid vehicles collectively have saved approximately 15 million kiloliters of gasoline compared to the amount used by gasoline-powered vehicles of similar size.