Apr. 22, 2002

Toyota Worldwide Hybrid Sales Top 100,000 Mark


Tokyo―TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) announced today that global cumulative sales of Toyota hybrid vehicles have topped the 100,000 mark, with nearly 103,000* units sold by the end of March this year, representing a 90% share of the world hybrid vehicle market.

The road to this milestone largely began in December 1997, when Toyota marketed in Japan the gasoline/electric Prius passenger sedan, the world's first mass-produced hybrid vehicle. With more than 33,000 units sold by the end of 1999, the proven technology of the Prius debuted in the North American market in June 2000, soon followed by the start of sales in Europe in September that same year. The Prius is now sold in more than 20 countries.

Since the arrival of the Prius, TMC's hybrid vehicle lineup in Japan has grown to include the Estima Hybrid minivan, which came out in June 2001, and a mild hybrid version of the Crown luxury sedan, released the following August.

Through these products, TMC has always been at the forefront of advancing and introducing high-efficiency, low-emission hybrid systems. Key hybrid components in the Prius include an Atkinson cycle engine, a drive-power-supplying nickel-metal hydride battery and an electrically controlled transmission that serves as a continuously variable transmission. The Estima Hybrid's performance-enhancing electric 4WD and comprehensive four-wheel drive-and-braking control are world firsts for a mass-produced vehicle, and so is the Crown mild hybrid's practical application of a 42V electrical system.

TMC intends to continue actively developing hybrid systems, including those incorporating fuel cells.

Cumulative Toyota hybrid vehicle sales*(unit = one vehicle)
Model \ Period 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002/1-3 1997-2002/3
Prius 323 17,653 15,243 19,011 29,459 7,402 89,091
Estima Hybrid - - - - 5,886 5,840 11,726
Crown w/ mild hybrid system - - - - 1,574 520 2,094
Coaster hybrid (bus) 9 3 12 15 9 8 56
Total by year/month 332 17,656 15,255 19,026 36,928 13,770 102,967
Cumulative total 332 17,988 33,243 52,269 89,197 102,967