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Hybrid Sales Scoreboard from Toyota

November 25, 2005 Toyota Worldwide Hybrid Sales Top 500,000 Units

Tokyo — TOYOTA MOTOR CORPORATION (TMC) announced today that global cumulative sales of Toyota hybrid vehicles have topped the 500,000 mark, with approximately 513,000 units sold worldwide by the end of October this year*.

TMC launched the Prius—the world's first mass-produced hybrid vehicle—in Japan in 1997 and began selling it in North America, Europe and elsewhere in 2000.  In 2001, it added in Japan the Estima Hybrid minivan, the Crown luxury sedan mild hybrid and the Dyna light-duty hybrid truck.

Aiming to achieve a fusion of environmental performance and power, in 2003, TMC introduced in the second-generation Prius a new-generation hybrid system based on the concept of Hybrid Synergy Drive.  In 2005, it expanded use of this system to power-demanding SUVs in the form of the Lexus RX400h ("Harrier Hybrid" in Japan) and the Highlander Hybrid ("Kluger Hybrid" in Japan).

Not stopping there, TMC is preparing a Hybrid Synergy Drive-based hybrid system for rear-wheel-drive passenger vehicles and expects to introduce it on the Lexus GS450h, scheduled for launch in spring 2006.

TMC has positioned hybrid technology as its key technology in addressing environmental issues in the 21st century, and it intends to enhance its hybrid lineup while encouraging the widespread use of hybrid technology.

Cumulative Toyota Hybrid Vehicle Sales* (One unit = one vehicle; figures rounded to the nearest hundred)
  1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
Jan - Oct
Cumulative total
Japan 300 17,700 15,300 12,500 18,500 19,900 27,200 68,700 49,400 229,500
Overseas - - - 6,500 18,400 21,400 26,100 66,000 145,400 283,800
Total    300 17,700 15,300 19,000 36,900 41,300 53,300 134,700 194,800 513,300

Sales of Main Toyota Hybrid Models* (One unit = one vehicle; figures rounded to the nearest hundred)
  Prius Estima Hybrid Crown w/ mild hybrid system Harrier Hybrid Kluger Hybrid
Start of sales in Japan December 1997 June 2001 August 2001 March 2005 March 2005
Japan 177,600 26,900 5,900 4,100 2,100
Overseas 249,200 - - 20,600 14,000
Total 426,800 26,900 5,900 24,700 16,100

*Based on TMC data