TORONTO—Automaker Toyota says sales of its hybrid vehicles hit five-million, with more than 77,000 of those sold across Canada.
With 11 hybrid models available in Canada, Toyota says its vehicles accounted for more than 80 per cent of the nation’s hybrid sales in 2012.
Globally, the automaker sells 19 hybrid models under its Toyota and Lexus banners.
According to Toyota estimates, its hybrid vehicles throughout the world have collectively reduced CO2 emissions by approximately 34 million tonnes and saved about 12 million kilolitres of gasoline globally.
In Canada, Toyota and Lexus hybrids have reduced CO2 emissions by an estimated 380,000 tonnes and saved an estimated 163 million litres of gasoline.
“Toyota’s hybrid offerings have been extremely beneficial in reducing the environmental impact of cars in our society,” Toyota Canada president and CEO Seiji Ichii said in a statement.
“The best part is that we are only at the early stages of this trend. As hybrids become even more entrenched and continue to improve, the positive effects on the environment will become even greater.”