Toyota Announces Worldwide Prius Sales Top 500,000 Mark.
Toyota launched the Prius in 1997 in Japan and started selling it overseas, such as in North America and Europe, in 2000. The second-generation Prius, equipped with the Toyota Hybrid System II, was introduced in 2003 with an emphasis on delivering both eco-friendliness and driving performance. It has been enjoying good sales both in Japan and overseas, especially in North America.
The Prius is now being made outside Japan for the first time, with production for the Chinese market starting in Changchun, China in December 2005.
Overall cumulative worldwide sales of Toyota (including Lexus) hybrid vehicles passed the 600,000 mark at the end of March this year. Toyota regards hybrid systems as representing a key technology for the 21st century and has been endeavoring to promote their greater use. Capitalizing on the high applicability of hybrid systems, Toyota aims to widen its hybrid vehicle lineup.
Prius sales* One unit = 1,000 vehicles 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 Jan-Apr Cumulative 2006 Total Japan 0.3 17.7 15.2 12.5 11.0 6.7 17.0 59.8 43.7 11.2 195.1 Over- seas - - - 6.5 18.5 21.4 26.1 66.0 131.5 39.7 309.6 Total Global Sales 0.3 17.7 15.2 19.0 29.5 28.1 43.1 125.8 175.2 50.9 504.7 * As calculated by Toyota Motor Corporation
About Toyota Motor Corporation
Toyota Motor Corporation (TSE: 7203; NYSE: TM) develops and manufactures vehicles, and is one of the largest car manufacturers in the world, offering a wide range of products from minivehicles to trucks. In addition to its core business, Toyota has a large business portfolio in financial services, including sales finance, vehicle insurance, and credit cards. It is also involved in telecommunications through a subsidiary that provides cellular services in Japan. Other diversified businesses include industrial equipment, prefabricated housing, and leisure boats. The company is headquartered in Aichi, Japan. Fot more information, please visit www.toyota.co.jp/en/index.html.
Source: Toyota Motor Corporation
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