Toyota has announced 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. Toyota says that representing a 90% share of the world hybrid vehicle market.

Toyota began selling the gasoline/electric Prius passenger car in December 1997. It was then the world's first mass-produced hybrid vehicle. The Prius is now sold in more than 20 countries.

Since the arrival of the Prius, Toyota'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.

 

 Cumulative Toyota hybrid vehicle sales*                       (unit = one vehicle)

Period

Model

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

 

 

*Source: TMC