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Toyota says 8 million-plus hybrids sold

POSTED BY Nigel Andretti ON 24 August 2015

TOYOTA has confirmed to Bloomberg news agency that the fully redesigned 2016 Toyota Prius will be shown in Las Vegas on September 8, 2015, ahead of its anticipated debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show later next month.

The last time the Prius was fully revamped was in 2009 and it is widely expected to adopt some of the look of the Toyota Mirai fuel-cell car.

Recent spy shots indicate the new Prius has gained some of the attractive elements from the Mirai, sans the rear-end styling but keeps its long-roofline hatchback look for smoother airflow.

Plug-in versions of the Prius are expected to provide electric-only operation for up to 50-plus km, better than the current model’s 18 or so km.

The 2016 Toyota Prius is built on a new ‘TNGA’ global modular platform that will be shared with other front-wheel-drive Toyota models, and it will likely, for the first time, offer all-wheel drive.

The Prius will be the first production model to be built on a new platform that will underpin, in various forms, nearly every front-drive-based model from the Yaris to the Avalon.

On the back of the impending unveiling of its hybrid flagship, Toyota this week announced that it has now sold 8,048,400 hybrid vehicles, with just 10 months elapsing between this and the last million-unit milestone.

5,264,300 of those are in the Prius family (65.4%): Prius (3,527,100); Prius A / Prius V / Prius + (582,400); Aqua/Prius C (1,081,200); and Prius PHV (73,600).

Camry Hybrid is the next most sold, with 528,300 units.

Since the launch of the Prius in 1997, Toyota has been gradually adding hybrid models throughout its range, from the compact Yaris Hybrid to the recently announced RAV4 Hybrid.

As of this month, Toyota sells 30 hybrid passenger car models and one plug-in hybrid model in more than 90 markets.

Over just the past year, Toyota has made several new hybrid models available, including the Esquire Hybrid (Japan only), the Lexus RC300h, and the recently launched Sienta Hybrid. Other new hybrid models are just around the corner, such as the Corolla Hybrid and Levin Hybrid (China only) and RAV4 Hybrid.

Toyota calculates that as of 31 July, its hybrid vehicles have resulted in approximately 58 million fewer tons of CO2 emissions than would have been emitted by gasoline-powered vehicles of similar size and driving performance.

Toyota also estimates that its hybrid vehicles have saved approximately 22 million kiloliters of gasoline compared to the amount used by gasoline-powered vehicles of similar sizes.

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