In 1997, Toyota transformed the automotive market with the Toyota Prius. When it first hit the scene, it was clear that this hybrid was no novelty car. It was–and still is–a well-balanced compact sedan featuring an extremely robust hybrid powertrain. In fact, since 2005, 95% of all Prius models sold are still on the road.
Did Toyota’s gamble on hybrid technology payoff? The truth is in the numbers. And the numbers are big.
Toyota just announced that it had produced its 9 millionth hybrid vehicle. But that’s not the whole story. Back in July, the number of Toyota hybrid vehicles had reached 8 million, meaning that Toyota made a million hybrid vehicles in only nine months! It’s an incredible feat that stands as stark testimony to the design and engineering prowess and business acumen of the automaker.
And now Toyota is set to revolutionize the green car market yet again with the Toyota Mirai. Instead of a hybrid powertrain, the Mirai features an innovative hydrogen fuel cell powertrain that delivers 302 miles in range, all the while emitting zero emissions.
Safety and technology features are in full supply with this fully-loaded 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid.
The 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid returns this year and comes out of the gate already sprinting. With a price of $32,285, the Avalon Hybrid comes fully loaded and worth every penny. Safety features are through the roof, and comfort was obviously a priority during the model’s creation. With a 3.5 liter six-cylinder engine under the hood, the Avalon Hybrid puts out 268 horsepower and 248 pounds of torque while maintaining 31 miles per gallon.
Premium, leather-trimmed, heated seats match the leather-trimmed steering wheel and shift lever, making driving a whole new experience. Three-zone climate control allows passengers to adjust their temperature settings without affecting anyone else. Paddle shifters are available for the racer in you, letting you take complete control. Have no fear of breaking anything. The vehicle will shift on its own if the gears are at risk of damage.
Safety within the 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is excellent with five star crash ratings. A radar cruise control adjusts your speed, allowing you to automatically keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you. A backup camera allows you to see everything behind you and automatically comes up on the touch-screen display while in reverse. With Safety Connect, you never need to be worried about getting stuck on the side of the road; help is just a press of a button away. As if all of this wasn’t enough, the 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid was awarded Best Resale Value in its class. With the newest model, you’ll get your money’s worth and then some.
If you have been seeing many more hybrids out on the road lately, it wasn’t just your mind playing tricks on you. Toyota has officially announced that, since the Toyota Prius release in Japan 1997, sales for this hybrid model have exceeded 7 million.
What’s more, Toyota green car sales outrank other automakers in the industry. According to Toyota Product Chief Karl Schlicht stated that “Toyota’s hybrid drivetrain technology is far from reaching its peak…Toyota is moving into a new wave of hybrid technology that’s more efficient [than] ever, sportier than ever and more appealing to mainstream buyers.”
This is great to hear that although Toyota will be releasing the first mass-produced hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle soon, their focus remains strong with the Prius and hybrid technology. We are sure that the trend towards this technology will continue to grow and increase Toyota sales.
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