Toyota's hybrid sales top 1m

Published: 08 June 2007

Toyota, and its luxury arm Lexus, have notched up more than a million hybrid sales.

First launched in Japan in 1997, the Prius has racked-up 758,000 sales internationally, 13,826 of them in the UK. And a third of the 1,047,000 hybrids built by Toyota found homes in its domestic Japanese market. The company claims its hybrids have saved around 3.5 million tonnes of CO2 compared with petrol and diesel equivalents over the past decade. And this is just the start of it. Toyota forecasts sales of a million hybrids a year by the start of the next decade. It could make our roads a whole lot quieter...