The Toyota Motor Company recently reached another new benchmark in its ongoing efforts to achieve a greener future for the auto industry, selling its 3 millionth hybrid vehicle since 1997, when it first introduced the Prius. In that time, according to CA Toyota, Toyota hybrids have prevented some 18 million tons of CO2 emissions from reaching the atmosphere as compared to gasoline-powered vehicles of similar size and specifications.
Today, Toyota sells 16 different hybrid models in approximately 80 countries around the globe, including three in the U.S.: The Prius, capable of 51 mpg city/48 mpg highway/50 mpg combined; the Camry Hybrid, which can reach 31 mpg city/35 mpg highway/33 mpg combined; and the Highlander Hybrid, offering four-wheel drive and fuel economy of 28 mpg city/28 mpg highway/28 mpg combined. And Toyota’s premium brand, Lexus, showcases five hybrids of its own, offering the CT200h along with hybrid members of the HS, RX, GX and LS families.
And the company remains committed to increasing its hybrid lineup even further, too, starting later this year with the launch of the Prius v. Designed to offer families more space to grow while still saving on fuel costs, the Prius v is 50 percent roomier inside than the Prius proper, yet is still expected to deliver stellar fuel economy ratings of 42 mpg city/38 mpg highway/40 mpg combined. According to a Portland Toyota Dealer, the Prius v will be followed in 2012 by the Prius plug-in hybrid, which adds an all-electric driving range of about 13 miles to the mix, along with a smaller, urban-oriented model based on the Prius c concept first shown at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
For more information about Toyota’s industry-leading lineup of hybrids, talk to Toyota Dealerships Serving Lexington or your local dealership today.