Japanese automaker Toyota has reached new heights with over 1 crore hybrid vehicles sold across the globe. One the leading player in the global market, the automaker has achieved the feat in less than 20 years since it launched its first hybrid car, the Coaster Hybrid EV in Japan on August 1997. As of January 31, the cumulative worldwide sales of Toyota Hybrid vehicles stands at one crore fifty thousand unit sales.
Well known as the pioneer in hybrid technology, Toyota received a major breakthrough with the Prius which was first launched on December 1997. The Prius which is on sale for nearly two decades has still been drawing in good numbers in terms of sales every year. The Japanese automaker currently has around 34 different hybrid models which are sold in over 90 countries around the world. In India, the automaker introduced the new Prius in India in 2010, while the Camry Hybrid was launched in the country in 2013.
Toyota has introduced the updated Camry Hybrid as well as launched the new Prius in India today. The new Camry Hybrid is powered by a 2.5-litre petrol engine with electric motor that generates a modest 205bhp of power. The engine comes mated to an electronically controlled CVT automatic transmission that powers the front wheels and delivers a decent fuel economy of 19.16kmpl. The new Toyota Prius based on the TNGA (Toyota new generation Architecture) boasts about offering better drive quality over its predecessors. The vehicle is now powered by 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with Toyota’s latest hybrid drive system that claims to return impressive fuel efficiency figure of 26.27kmpl. As for safety, it comes with seven airbags, ABS with EBD, traction control and a stability programme.