Is Toyota's hybrid dream coming true?
Message Posted: May 24, 2012 7:19:59 AM
May. 23, 2012
Toyota Motor's dream of a world filled with mainstream cars powered by not just one but two power trains might just be coming true, despite the sometimes bilious views of critics skeptical of the very idea of gasoline-electric hybrids.
Consider the latest sales numbers: Of the 18,732 Toyota, Lexus and Scion vehicles sold last month in Canada, more than 10 per cent (1,931) were hybrids. By expanding its Prius hybrid line to three models from just one, Toyota Canada seems to have pushed hybrids out of the "green" niche and into the everyday lives of drivers who care as much about fuel economy and reliability as they do saving the planet. Perhaps more.
Indeed, about three-quarters of the hybrids Toyota Canada sold were in the Prius family (1,422) and the big winner was the sub-$22,000 Prius c (556 sold).
Toyota also points out that the Prius c accounted for one-third of all its Canadian subcompact sales.
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