Toyota announced today that it has sold the one-millionth Toyota Prius in the United States. This is the third milestone for Toyota’s hybrid lineup in the last six months that started with the announcement of worldwide Toyota Prius sales topping two million in October 2010. Overall global Toyota hybrid sales passed three million last month.
“Since the Prius went on sale eleven years ago not a year has gone by when it hasn’t been the number one selling hybrid vehicle in the U.S,” said Bob Carter, Toyota Division group vice president and general manager. “Prius has become synonymous with the word hybrid and as we see fuel prices starting to rise again, it has accounted for more than 60 percent of hybrid passenger car sales so far this year. Prius paved the way for hybrids and while it is still the hybrid leader in sales and fuel economy, I’m proud to say that since its introduction, 13 other auto brands have seen the benefits of hybrid technology and joined the hybrid market.”
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The third-generation Toyota Prius was the number 1 vehicle on the EPA’s list of the Most Fuel Efficient Vehicles for 2011. Since its introduction in the U.S. in 2000, the Toyota Prius, when compared to the average car, has saved American consumers more than 881 million gallons of gas, $2.19 billion in fuel costs, and 12.4 million tons of CO2 emissions.
Whether or not you hate hybrids – the Toyota Prius will definitely go down in history as an icon.
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Refresher: Power for the 2011 Toyota Prius continues to come from a 1.8L 4-cylinder engine making 98-hp / 105 lb-ft of torque. Total output with hybrid system comes in at 134-hp. That allows for 0-60 mph to come in 9.8 seconds with a top speed of 112 mph. EPA-rated fuel-economy comes in at 51/48 mpg.
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