Hybrid car market leader now plans to invest in new range powered by hydrogen cells
Toyota Motor Europe has attributed its third consecutive year of growth to the “outstanding performance” of its hybrid vehicles, which now make up a fifth of the company’s sales.
In 2013, sales of Toyota’s hybrid vehicles climbed to over 156,000 units, a 43% increase on 2012. Of these, 116,383 were produced in Europe – more than double the previous year.
One in five of the vehicles sold by Toyota Motor Europe are hybrid cars, with an even higher density of 28% in western Europe, the company announced in a blog post today.
Total sales for the company amounted to 847,540 in 2013, an increase of 9,569 units over 2012. This strengthened the manufacturer’s market share by 0.2% to 4.7%.
Toyota has recently announced that it plans to introduce another clean vehicle in 2015 – a car powered by hydrogen cells, where the only emission is of water vapour.
The concept car was displayed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this month, alongside a number of other energy saving gadgets.