Posted June 5th, 2012 by Nicole
If there was any doubt that the Toyota hybrid vehicle line-up would become a popular – think again. According to Toyota, hybrids this year accounted for 15% of their global vehicle sales. That’s 4 Million Units Sold, as of April, since their introduction to the world in 1997.
The first Toyota hybrid vehicle, the Toyota Prius, was the first to take hold in the United States in 2000. According to Toyota this single vehicle accounts for half of all hybrids on the road in the U.S. with sales totaling $1.2 million through April 2012.
Toyota and retailers credit the rise in sales to multiple aspects including the rise in gas prices and the expansion of the Prius family to include the smaller Prius C and larger Prius V. The plug-in Prius is soon to follow.
In addition to the Prius family, Toyota has other hybrid vehicles including the Camry and the Highlander which feature larger displacement applications of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive.
The most interesting piece of environmental information is that the total sales of Toyota hybrid vehicles, globally since 1997, has contributed to a 26 million ton reduction in Co2 emissions than would have been emitted by gasoline-powered vehicles of similar size and driving performance.
Posted October 12th, 2009 by James
October marked the beginning of production for the Toyota Highlander sport utility vehicle at the company’s plant in Princeton, Indiana. The Highlander, Toyota’s 12th North American-built model, production is a $450 million investment in a more efficient utilization of the manufacturing capacity.
Originally the Indiana production plant produced the Tundra pickup, which was consolidated last fall to the Tundra plant in Texas. The Indiana plant, which also builds the Sienna and Sequoia, has been preparing for the production of the Highlander for a year.
As a testament to Toyota’s commitment to North America, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana reacted to several months of slow production by retaining all of its 4,200 team members, who were further trained and improved manufacturing processes to prepare for the Highlander production.
TMMI now represents a $3.7 billion investment. The addition of the Highlander boosts production at other Toyota plants, such as West Virginia, where the 6-cylinder engine is made, and at nearly 250 of Toyota’s North American suppliers.
Since it was introduced in 2000, more than 1 million Highlanders have been sold in the United States.