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Toyota Motor Corp. has breached the two-million mark in global hybrid vehicle sales as of end-August.

Toyota has sold 2.01 million hybrid vehicles since 1997, starting off with the Coaster Hybrid EV and the Toyota Prius, which is now on its third generation.

"TMC calculates that TMC hybrid vehicles, since 1997, have approximately 11 million fewer tons of carbon dioxide emissions--considered to be a cause of global warming--that would have been emitted by gasoline-powered vehicles of similar size and driving performance," Toyota Motor said in a statement.

As it aims to further promote the use of hybrid vehicles, Toyota said it targets to sell one million hybrid vehicles annually starting next year.

Toyota is also looking at introducing a hybrid version for its entire vehicle lineup by as early as the 2020s. It currently has 13 hybrid vehicle models sold in 50 countries. This year alone, Toyota launched the third-generation Prius, the Lexus RX450h and the Lexus HS250h.

"TMC is committed to augmenting this lineup even further and increasing the number of countries and regions in which it sells hybrid vehicles," Toyota said.

Toyota Motor Philippines started selling the third-generation Toyota Prius in the Philippines in June.

Click next to see the milestones in Toyota Motor's hybrid vehicle production.

Milestones in Toyota Motor's hybrid vehicle production

Year

Month

Milestone

1997

March

   Toyota Hybrid System (THS) unveiled

August

   Coaster Hybrid EV launched (Japan only)

December

   Prius launched

2000

November

   Cumulative Prius sales top 50,000 vehicles

2001

June

   Estima Hybrid launched (Japan only)

August

   Crown Mild Hybrid launched (Japan only)

2002

March

   Cumulative hybrid vehicle sales top 100,000 mark

August

   Cumulative Prius sales top 100,000 vehicles

2003

April

   Toyota Hybrid System II (THSII) unveiled

July

   Alphard Hybrid launched (Japan only)

September

   Second-generation Prius launched

November

   Dyna Hybrid and Toyoace Hybrid launched (Japan only)

2005

March

   Harrier Hybrid (RX400h outside Japan) and Kluger Hybrid (Highlander Hybrid) launched

October

   Cumulative hybrid vehicle sales top 500,000 mark

December

   Prius production commenced at the Changchun Plant, China

2006

March

   GS450h launched in Japan

April

   Cumulative Prius sales top 500,000 vehicles

May

   Camry Hybrid launched (for sale outside Japan)

June

   Redesigned Estima Hybrid launched (Japan only)

October

   Camry Hybrid production commenced at the Kentucky Plant, U.S.; Quick Delivery

   200 launched (Japan only)

2007

May

   Cumulative hybrid vehicle sales top 1-million mark; LS600h/LS600hL launched

2008

February

   Crown Hybrid unveiled (launched in April; Japan only)

May

   Cumulative Prius sales top 1 million vehicles

2009

January

   RX450h unveiled (launched in April)

May

   Third-generation Prius launched

July

   Camry Hybrid production commenced at the Gateway Plant,  Thailand; HS250h launched

August

   Cumulative hybrid vehicle sales top 2-million mark

Data from Toyota Motor Corp.

 

 

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