TOKYO -- Booming North American demand pushed cumulative sales of hybrid vehicles at Toyota Motor Corp. past the 2 million-unit mark last month as the Japanese automaker marched closer to its goal of selling 1 million gasoline-electric cars per year sometime in the next decade.
As of Aug. 9, Toyota sold 2.017 million hybrids worldwide since the vehicles debuted in 1997.
Toyota reached the 2 million milestone as it targets selling 1 million hybrids a year as early as possible in the 2010s. The company came a little closer to the goal with this year's launch of the popular third-generation Prius. Toyota expects that car alone to sell 600,000 units in its first full year on the market.
Today, Toyota sells 13 hybrid vehicle models in about 50 countries.
(Source: Automotive News)