2 Million Prius Hybrids Sold Around the World
Back in 2008, Toyota announced that it had reached 1 million worldwide sales of its Prius hybrid. Then in 2010 it reached 2 million sales around the world, and now Toyota is announcing that it has reached 1 million Prius sales for the U.S. alone and 3 million sales of hybrids (all models included) around the world.
“Since the Prius went on sale eleven years ago not a year has gone by when it hasn’t been the number one selling hybrid vehicle in the U.S,” said Bob Carter, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager. “Prius has become synonymous with the word hybrid and as we see fuel prices starting to rise again, it has accounted for more than 60 percent of hybrid passenger car sales so far this year. Prius paved the way for hybrids and while it is still the hybrid leader in sales and fuel economy, I’m proud to say that since its introduction, 13 other auto brands have seen the benefits of hybrid technology and joined the hybrid market.” (source)
Since its introduction in the U.S. in 2000, the Prius hybrid has saved American consumers more than an estimated 881 million gallons of gas, $2.19 billion in fuel costs, and 12.4 million tons of CO2 emissions, when compared to the average car.
The Prius family is expanding, with the larger Prius V supposed to launch around late Spring/early Summer.
This post originally appeared on Treehugger.