#Toyota and #Lexus in the U.S. Accounted for Nearly 2 Million of Total 5 Million Global Hybrid Sales Revealed Today

   #Toyota and #Lexus in the U.S. Accounted for Nearly 2 Million of Total 5
                  Million Global Hybrid Sales Revealed Today

PR Newswire

TORRANCE, Calif., April 17, 2013

TORRANCE, Calif., April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly 2 million (1,951,243)
Toyota and Lexus hybrid vehicles have been sold in the United States,
significantly reducing CO[2] emissions and fuel consumption.

The announcement was made today by Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), USA, in
conjunction with Toyota Motor Corporation's announcement in Japan that it has
sold 5 million hybrid vehicles worldwide.

Toyota estimates that its global fleet of nearly 20 hybrid vehicles has
resulted in approximately 34 million fewer tons of CO[2] emissions than those
emitted by gasoline-powered vehicles. Many environmental experts believe CO[2]
emissions are a major cause of climate change occurring in the world today.

In addition, Toyota estimates its hybrids have saved their owners more than 3
billion gallons of gasoline compared to gasoline-only powered
vehicles.

"With more than 50 hybrid vehicle models from various manufacturers available
in the U.S. today, hybrids on the road are saving nearly 500 million gallons
of petroleum annually in this country," said Tony Markel, senior engineer with
the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory
(NREL), in Golden, Colo. 

He recalled that DOE and NREL's collaborative research with the auto industry,
which started 20 years ago, spurred the development of hybrid-electric
technology for the mainstream market to help reduce the country's dependence
on petroleum.

"With millions of hybrid vehicles on the road today, hybrid powertrains are
mainstream market reality," Markel concluded.

Toyota and Lexus hybrid vehicles make up 70 percent of the U.S. auto
industry's total hybrid sales, while they account for 16 percent of overall
Toyota/Lexus sales, both globally and locally. Total industry hybrid sales are
roughly three percent of the nation's car market.

Toyota and Lexus sell 19 hybrid models and one plug-in hybrid in 80 countries
and regions around the world. Twelve of the models are available in the
United States, including seven from Toyota and five from Lexus. They are Prius
Liftback, Prius v, Prius c, Prius Plug-in, Camry Hybrid, Avalon Hybrid,
Highlander Hybrid, Lexus CT200h, ES300h, GS450h, LS600h and RX450h. 

Of the 12 U.S. models, Camry Hybrid, Avalon Hybrid and RX450h are manufactured
in North America with a fourth model, Highlander Hybrid, planned.

Between now and the end of 2015, Toyota will introduce 18 new hybrid models
and expects global sales of its hybrids to be at least one million units a
year in the same period. TMS forecasts that about one-third of those will be
sold in the United States.

"The first Prius was a surprising success and we never imagined the market
would become as vast as it has for the hybrid powertrain," said Bob Carter,
TMS senior vice president of automotive operations.

Toyota's hybrid vehicle sales in the United States began in July 2000 with the
first-generation Prius and it provided consumers excellent fuel economy and
reduced emissions using a precursor to Toyota's advanced Hybrid Synergy Drive
System. The high-technology nature and environmental benefits offered by this
early Prius helped it appeal to a small but passionate following of early
adopters.

With just 5,562 sold in the first six months, the Prius would eventually find
favor with consumers helping it become the recognized symbol of hybrid
technology. As a result, it has inspired the development of hybrid vehicles by
competitors, with more than 50 models on the market today.

The first Prius has evolved into a modern family of vehicles, while leading to
the development of a wide range of additional Toyota and Lexus hybrid models.


About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE:TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and
currently operates 10 manufacturing plants. There are nearly 1,500 Toyota,
Lexus and Scion dealerships in the United States, which sold more than 2
million vehicles in 2012. Toyota directly employs over 31,000 in the United
States and its investment here is currently valued at more than $24 billion,
including sales and manufacturing operations, research and development,
financial services and design. Toyota's annual purchasing of parts, materials,
goods and services from U.S. suppliers totals over $26 billion.

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SOURCE Toyota Motor Sales

Website: http://www.toyota.com
Contact: Toyota and Lexus Division Communications, Joe Tetherow, (310)
291-8321, joe_tetherow@toyota.com; Michael Kroll (Lexus), (424) 424-201-9351,
michael_kroll@lexus.com; Moe Durand, (714) 889-9908, maurice_durand@toyota.com
 
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